May 26, 2022

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 ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.