Amy Garmer - Moderator, Participant

As Director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, Amy is leading a multi-year initiative to explore, develop and champion new ways of thinking about U.S. public libraries. She is the author of the Dialogue’s 2014 vision report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. As Director of Journalism Projects for the Communications & Society Program, Amy has led the development and execution of many domestic and international journalism-related initiatives over the past ten years, including the Arab-U.S. Media Forum, the Aspen Institute Symposium on Critical Issues in Journalism at the U.S. State Department, the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Journalism and National Security and the white paper series inspired by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities. This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency.

Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Amy served on the staff of United States Senator Sam Nunn and worked with the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division on the creation of a national television news archive. Amy holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin.



The Aspen Institute


Director, Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries,
Communications and Society Program

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