For immediate release | April 7, 2016

ALA to Host Natl. Policy Convening on Advancing Economic Opportunities, Supporting Youth with Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C.―The innovation economy, digital learning and computer science, and even the future of the Library of Congress are all timely topics for this election season. The American Library Association (ALA) will debate each at its first national policy convening on April 12 and 13, 2016.
How do we develop better solutions that build economic opportunity for entrepreneurs and “upskilling” workers? How do we expand the digital learning prospects of young people to feed creativity and innovation? And what are tomorrow’s needed roles for the Library of Congress in an increasingly digital society? National policymakers, researchers and advocates will take on these questions and prospects for the next presidential Administration.
Youth Engagement with Technology
Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Senator Angus King, Ind.-Maine
  • Tiffany Moore, Vice President, Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
  • Stephan Turnipseed, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Destination Imagination
Advancing Economic Opportunity in Communities
Wednesday, April 13, 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Maureen Conway, Vice President, Aspen Institute
  • Darryl L. DePriest, Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Sari Feldman, President, American Library Association
  • Russell D. Greiff, Managing Director and General Partner, 1776 Ventures
  • Emily Robbins, Principal Associate, National League of Cities
  • Moderated by Larra Clark, Deputy Director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
Future Directions for the Library of Congress
Wednesday, April 13, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Emeritus, Harvard University
  • Katie Oyama, Senior Policy Counsel, Google, Inc.
  • Sascha Meinrath, Palmer Chair in Telecommunications, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Moderated by Alan S. Inouye, Director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
All events will take place at Arent Fox LLP, 1717 K Street NW. Find more information on the policy convening.
About the American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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Program Details for the National Policy Convening


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