OITP Fellow Bob Bocher Selected for U.S. UCAN Advisory Council

Bob Bocher

OITP Fellow Bob Bocher

The United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) has selected Bob Bocher, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow, to sit on the organization’s first U.S. UCAN Advisory Council.

UCAN is an Internet2 program that works with regional research and education (R&E) networks to connect community anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, healthcare facilities and other public institutions, to advanced broadband networks. Working with its regional network partners, U.S. UCAN will use the Internet2 network and related state and regional networks to allow advanced networking features for more than 200,000 of the country’s community anchor institutions. Internet2’s newly upgraded 100G-enabled network was predominately funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

As a member of the Advisory Council, Bocher will represent the needs and concerns of the library community, help shape and evolve U.S. UCAN, and advise Internet2 on ways that libraries may better serve the needs of their communities by being connected to high-capacity broadband networks and using applications that require such connectivity

“ALA is delighted that Bob was selected and has agreed to continue his work with U.S. UCAN,” said Larra Clark, director of the OITP Program on Networks. Bocher previously served on U.S. UCAN’s Task Force on Community Anchor Network Economic Models.

Council members start their term at the beginning of October. Other members of the council include:

  • Dale Alverson, professor of pediatrics and regents’ professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
  • Mark Johnson, chief technology officer, MCNC
  • David Lassner, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, University of Hawaii
  • Michaela Mezo, national channel sales manager for public sector, Hewlett-Packard
  • Jennifer Oxenford, manager, member relations and communications, Mid-Atlantic Gigapop (MAGPI)
  • Chuck Robinson, director of shared services, City of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Pankaj Shah, executive director, Ohio Supercomputing Center and Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet)
  • Denise Shorey, senior consultant, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and chief executive officer, e-Luminosity
  • Mickey Slimp, executive director, Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, University of Texas Health Science

For more information, please visit www.usucan.org.

Jazzy Wright is the Press Officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office. Email her at jwright@alawash.org.

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