The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) has appointed Bob Bocher, Library Technology Consultant with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning (the State Library Agency), as an OITP Fellow. Mr. Bocher will provide OITP with strategic advice on an array of networking issues from the technical, policy, and operational perspectives.
Mr. Bocher has worked with OITP in a number of areas over the past several years including the following:
- Served on the E-rate Task Force since 1999, including a term as Chair,
- Served on the OITP’s Advisory Committee,
- Served as the first Chair of OITP’s Telecommunications Subcommittee, and
- Developed OITP’s Internet Access Principles.
“I am ecstatic that OITP will continue to benefit from Bob Bocher’s extraordinary knowledge of all things related to libraries and telecommunications,” Alan Inouye, director of OITP, said. “His knowledge is even more important now because of the heightened priority placed on broadband by the federal government (in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), foundations, and other key stakeholders.”
More information about Bocher’s accomplishments and contributions to OITP can be viewed here.