Information Access Seminar

Whiplash: Library & Education Public Policy in the Covid Era

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Friday, October 22, 2021
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm

Alan S. Inouye

With the profound changes in daily life caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there also have been radical changes in the U.S. political and policy environment. Historic levels of federal spending are accompanying the pandemic. The questioning of pre-pandemic norms and practices in the library & education sectors is also taking place. This session will explore this policy evolution, how policy-making and lobbying have evolved during the pandemic, and engage in a discussion of future directions for these sectors and public policy.

Alan S. Inouye is senior director of public policy & government relations for the American Library Association and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously he was the coordinator of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee in the Executive Office of the President, and a study sirector and interim board director at the National Academy of Sciences.

Alan completed his Ph.D. in library and information studies at the University of California, Berkeley with a dissertation on “The External Social Networks of Software Designers.”

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Alan S. Inouye


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If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting, CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about mobility access in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Catherine Cronquist Browning with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7–10 days in advance of the event.

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September 8, 2021