Wednesday, May 18, 2022

IRRT Pre-Conference

Global Libraries As Advocates For Information Policy Change

Friday, June 24, 2022
8:30am - 1:00pm

The pandemic has raised our awareness and understanding of the need for information
policies that support the ability of libraries to serve their communities. What are the persistent
and new policy issues that libraries around the world must focus on? How can we strengthen
our ability to influence legislative and legal change, and participate in the political process on
the local, national, and global levels?

This pre-conference will provide opportunities for learning and sharing, on the impact of the
pandemic on information policy, a detailed look at several key policy areas, and how library
professionals can be effective advocates in the legislative and legal arenas.

Welcome Remarks
Jim Neal, IRRT Chair, Columbia University

Equity of Internet Access
Nicole Umayam, Arizona State Library

Impact of Pandemic on Information Policy
Joe Thompson, Carroll County Public Library

Copyright and Licensing
Sara Benson, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom 

Library Professionals as Effective Advocates
Alan S. Inouye, ALA's PPA Office

To register:, please visit ALA's Annual registration page:
(EVENT CODE: IRR1). Fee includes registration, materials, and lunch.

Jim Neal
University Librarian Emeritus
Columbia University
ALA President 2017-18
ALA Honorary Member

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