June 24, 2021

ALA Launches Public Policy Advisory Council

UPDATE: ALA Appoints Roger Rosen as Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

From the American Library Association:

As part of its National Policy Convening, the American Library Association (ALA) today announces the establishment of a Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) to strengthen the engagement of the library community in national public policy. The Council will be made up of members from a broad range of non-library sectors—including technology, publishing, telecommunications, trade associations, government, foundations and other non-profits, health, financial services, and think tanks—reflecting the diverse range of policy areas of relevance to the library community message that libraries create individual opportunity and community progress.”

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The Council will provide vision, creativity, innovation, and energy to guide the ALA and U.S. libraries toward effective policy advocacy and outcomes. “Working within their own communities and networks, Council members seek out opportunities to leverage library strengths and resources to advance shared priorities,” said Alan S. Inouye, director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). “We look forward to the Council’s guidance on advancing the National Policy Agenda for Libraries.”

Members of the ALA Public Policy Advisory Council were selected through a rigorous vetting process and will serve two-year terms. The members of this inaugural Council are:

  • Laurent Crenshaw, Head of Federal Policy, Yelp
  • Skip Dye, VP and Director of Sales Operations, Penguin Random House
  • Amma Felix, VP of Strategy and Secretary, UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
  • Alan G. Fishel, Partner, Arent Fox LLP
  • Keith Krueger, CEO, Consortium for School Networking
  • Tiffany Moore, VP of Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
  • Piper Nieters Su, VP of Health Policy, The Advisory Board Company
  • Katherine Oyama, Senior Policy Counsel, Google, Inc.
  • Jon Peha, Professor of Engineering and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michael Petricone, Sr. VP of Government Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
  • Brooks Rainwater, Center Director/City Solutions & Applied Research, National League of Cities
  • Jocelyn B. Richgels, Director of National Policy Programs, Rural Policy Research Institute
  • Tony Sarmiento, Executive Director, Senior Service America
  • Michael Scurato, VP of Policy, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • David Young, VP of Public Policy, Verizon

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Biographical sketches for Council members are available online as is information about the Policy Revolution! initiative focused on advancing national policy engagement for the library community and ALA’s overall public policy portfolio.

Read the Complete Announcement

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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