Patrice McDermott

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Patrice McDermott "joins as Director after more than 4 years as the Deputy Director of the Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association Washington Office. She joined ALA in December 2001, after having served for 8 years as the senior information policy analyst for OMB Watch.

"At ALA, she had lead responsibility for government information and privacy policy, and e-government policy issues. Dr. McDermott is a frequent speaker on public access and on electronic surveillance and privacy issues.

"She previously served as the Assistant Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, taught information politics at Clark Atlanta University, and worked at the National Archives and Records Administration.

"Patrice was awarded her doctorate from the University of Arizona in political science and received an M.Ln. in library and information management from Emory University." [1]

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  1. Staff,, accessed January 10, 2009.