Jamie Aurelia Schleser, a doctoral student from American University, will serve as the American Library Association’s 2013 Google Policy Fellow, the organization announced today. Schleser will spend ten weeks this summer in Washington, D.C. working with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) on technology and Internet policy issues.
As a Google Policy Fellow, Schleser will work in diverse areas of information policy that include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, telecommunications policy, digital literacy, online privacy, and the future of libraries. Her dissertation examines how networked memory institutions–including the Internet Archive, the World Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America–are using the Internet to inform cultural production and communication in broad strokes.
Schleser will work for the OITP, a unit of the American Library Association that works to ensure the library voice in information policy debates and promotes full and equitable intellectual participation by the public. The American Library Association has been a partner in the Google Policy Fellowship program from its inception five years ago.
“The digital age offers new opportunities for libraries to serve their patrons and their communities,” said Alan S. Inouye, director of Office for Information Technology Policy. “We look forward to working with Ms. Schleser and expect to leverage her doctoral research and apply it to our policy work. We appreciate the opportunity to connect students in library-related studies to national public policy, and thank Google, Inc. for initiating and expanding its excellent fellows program.”
Learn more about the Google Policy Fellowship.