As Director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, Amy Garmer is leading the launch of a new multi-year initiative to explore, develop and champion new ways of thinking about U.S. public libraries. She has also led the development and execution of many domestic and international journalism-related initiatives as Director of Journalism Projects in the Communications and Society Program, including the the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Journalism and National Security, the Arab-U.S. Media Forum and the Aspen Institute Symposium on Critical Issues in Journalism at the U.S. State Department. She led development, publication, and outreach of a white paper series and a companion website inspired by the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities. This work 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.
She is the author most recently of Freedom and Connectivity: Advancing the Freedom to Communicate in the Americas, the report of the inaugural Aspen Institute Forum on the Freedom to Communicate held in Mexico City (published in October 2012 in both English and Spanish). She is the author or editor of six books on such diverse topics as advertising and ethnic media (Unmassing America: Ethnic Media and the New Advertising Marketplace), journalism in transition (American Journalism in Transition: A View at the Top), digital broadcasting (Digital Broadcasting and the Public Interest), diversity in media (Investing in Diversity: Advancing Opportunities for Minorities and the Media), and technology in education (Creating a Learning Society: Initiatives for Education and Technology)