Today, the ALA appointed University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign doctoral student Derek Attig as Research Associate for the organization’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). As part of the OITP Fellows Program, Attig will work on varied aspects of the OITP portfolio.
Attig previously worked for the technology policy unit as a Google Policy Fellow during the summer of 2012. His appointment will extend from September 1, 2012, through August 31, 2013.
Mr. Attig will continue his work with OITP in applying his dissertation research on bookmobiles to help ALA articulate visions and strategies for the future of libraries. There are important parallels from the introduction of bookmobiles and societal change from the 20th century that usefully inform our thinking about the role and operation of libraries in the 21st century. Derek’s OITP work on bookmobiles will culminate in the publication of an OITP Perspectives paper by early 2013.
The OITP Fellows Program serves to draw on nationally recognized researchers, practitioners and policy advocates in library information sciences or allied areas to strengthen the OITP’s involvement in national policy discussions. In 2011, OITP expanded this program by creating Research Associates, who are early-career professionals with demonstrated potential and serious interest in national public policy engagement.
To learn more about the fellowship, go to www.ala.org/offices/oitp/people/oitpfellows.