This summer, ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), will host one of the Google Policy Fellows: Fiona de Young, from the University of Texas at Austin (UT).
Ms. de Young is currently pursuing Information Studies at UT, and has a strong interest in the development of digital information policy and technology education for underserved populations, especially in rural communities and developing countries. She is also a member of the ALA President Loriene Roy’s Circle of Literacy, assisting with the “Gathering of Readers,” an online celebration of indigenous children’s reading and culture as part of “If I can read, I can do anything,” a national reading club for Native American children.
As Ms. de Young says:
My interest in the Google Policy Fellowship program stems from the opportunity it presents for intense professional development over the summer months… The Office for Information Technology Policy at the ALA is the leader in digital content policy as it applies to libraries. An opportunity to work within this environment would provide me with an understanding of the research and analysis involved in framing policies for digitization initiatives. Within this, I seek to gain experience in large-scale digital content policy, including image standards, intellectual property rights, permanent retention of electronic records, and the building of open-access resources.
“Ms. de Young expresses a sincere passion for exactly what we do here in OITP, and her list of accomplishments to date speaks to that,” said OITP Director Dr. Alan Inouye. “We very much look forward to having her here at OITP.”