The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2015 Google Policy Fellows program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation eight years ago at the program’s founding.
For the summer of 2015, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. Throughout the summer, Google’s Washington office will provide an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff.
The fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that may include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband deployment, telecommunications policy (including e-rate and network neutrality), digital divide, access to information, free expression, digital literacy, online privacy, the future of libraries generally, and many other topics.
Margaret Kavaras, a recent graduate from the George Washington University, served as the 2014 ALA Google Policy Fellow. Kavaras was later appointed as an OITP Research Associate shortly after participating in the Google Fellowship program.
Further information about the program and host organizations is available at the Google Public Policy Fellowship website. ALA encourages all interested graduate students to apply and, of course, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs. Applications are due by Thursday, March 12, 2015.