Chair's and President's Programs
ALA Unit/Subunit: UNITED
Meeting Type: President's Program,Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
ALA Policy Corps members Todd Carpenter, Lance Werner, and Nicolle Davies will offer tips on what your library can offer to local elected officials, and how to engage them.
Todd Carpenter is currently Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit trade association that fosters the development and maintenance of technology standards for the creation, management, and exchange of content. Prior to joining NISO, Todd held management positions at BioOne, The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and the Haworth Press. He has served on the Boards of several industry and community organizations, including the Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and the Free Ebook Foundation. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a masters degree in business from the Johns Hopkins University.
Lance Werner has served as Executive Director for Kent District Library since 2011. He received a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law and his master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University. This year, he was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, and in years past, he was the recipient of the Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the ULCA, Librarian of the Year Award from the MLA, the Wayne State University Distinguished Alumni award, and Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker Award. Lance is currently involved in the ALA Policy Corps, the WSU’s Capital Campaign, the MLA Legislative committee, and is currently enrolled in Michigan Political Leadership Course.
Nicolle Davies is the Executive Director for the Charleston County Public Library, currently serving the residents of Charleston County with 250 employees, 16 locations and a bookmobile. Prior to joining CCPL, Nicolle served as the Executive Director for Arapahoe Libraries, a public library system serving the residents of Arapahoe County, Colorado. In 2016, Nicolle was named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal. Before her work in public libraries, Nicolle served as Vice President of Galloway Group, a Public Relations/Community Relations firm in Denver, Colorado. Nicolle began her career in television in New York as a Production Assistant on Sunrise and the Today Show. Nicolle also worked as a News Producer for KUSA (Denver) and WTSP (Tampa) television stations. Nicolle holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin. She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado.
Presented by the United for Libraries Legislation, Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Committee.