In 2007, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) established the OITP Fellows Program. OITP appoints distinguished scholars and practitioners to work on varied aspects of the OITP portfolio. Professor David Lankes of Syracuse University served as the first fellow, focusing on his research stream on libraries as conversation.
Today, we are establishing the OITP Research Associates Program in the same spirit but for early career professionals with a serious interest in national public policy. I am pleased that Ms. Jessie Mannisto will serve as the first OITP Research Associate with a term extending through August 2012. She was OITP’s Google Policy Fellow this past summer, and completed her master’s degree at the University of Michigan’s School of Information in spring 2011. As a Research Associate, Jessie will continue her work on “contemplation” as described in her guest blog. Her work on contemplation is expected to be published in the OITP Perspectives series within the next several months.