Office for Information Technology Policy names new directors

Dear ALA Staff,

I’m pleased to announce two staff appointments in the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), Washington Office.  I hope that you will join me in congratulating Larra Clark and Marijke Visser on their new positions.

Larra Clark will become the new Director, Program on Networks and Associate Director, Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century.  Larra’s responsibilities will include overall management of OITP’s telecommunications portfolio and day-to-day management of our projects in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Since February 2007, Larra has served as project manager of the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (PLFTAS) in the Office of Research & Statistics (ORS).  Larra began her ALA career in the Public Information Office as Manager of Media Relations.  Earlier in her career, Larra was Press Secretary to Alderman Gene Schulter in Chicago.  Larra received her M.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Larra’s appointment will be effective on November 1, 2010, but she will be providing some support to ORS for a limited period after that date to ensure a smooth transition of the PLFTAS.

Marijke Visser will become the new Assistant Director of OITP.  Marijke’s responsibilities will include primary management of OITP’s E-rate activities, working in collaboration with Larra Clark and Alan Inouye.  In addition, Marijke’s policy portfolio will include projects focused at the intersection of children and youth and information technology policy.  As Assistant Director, Marijke will also have responsibility for OITP communications and other office-wide activities.

Since January 2009, Marijke has served as Information Technology Policy Analyst in OITP.  Marijke was initially hired to work on the Opportunity Online Broadband Grant Program, sponsored by the Gates Foundation, and her work portfolio expanded to include E-rate and support for a number of OITP activities on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the National Broadband Plan.  Marijke received her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University, Indianapolis.

Marijke’s appointment will be effective on October 18, 2010.

Regards,
Alan Inouye, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Information Technology Policy
American Library Association
1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW
First Floor
Washington, DC 20009
202-628-8410

About Alan Inouye

Alan S. Inouye is the director of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy. Previously, he was the coordinator of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee in the Executive Office of the President and a study director at the National Academy of Sciences. Alan completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley.

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