Libraries, Librarians as Resources to Advanced Entrepreneurship Topic of New ALA/OITP White Paper
The new white paper is titled, “The People’s Incubator Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship (22 pages; PDF) and was written by Charlie Wapner from ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP).
From the Abstract:
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are widely understood to be engines of economic growth and innovation. Less well-known is how libraries advance entrepreneurship. Libraries meet the needs of aspiring entrepreneurs of all backgrounds, in every part of our nation. Regardless of past experience, an individual seeking to launch an enterprise can use library resources, technologies and staff expertise to engage in business planning, perform market research, seek capital investments, explore community connections, learn about intellectual property practicalities, prototype products and conduct day-today operations. Libraries and the public and private sector actors engaged in advancing entrepreneurship should collaborate more to create new opportunities for learning, discovery, growth and innovation across the economy.
“The People’s Incubator Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship (22 pages; PDF) is the fourth white paper in OITP’s Perspective Series.
Other Papers in the Series
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.