Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Johnna Percell will serve as its 2015 Google Policy Fellow. As part of her summer fellowship, Percell will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and Internet policy issues. As a Google Policy Fellow, Percell will explore diverse areas of information policy, including copyright law, e-book licenses and access, information access for underserved populations, telecommunications policy, digital literacy, online privacy, and the future of libraries. Google, Inc. pays the summer stipends for the fellows and the respective host organizations determine the fellows’ work agendas.
Percell will work for the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), a unit of the association that works to ensure the library voice in information policy debates and promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public. Percell is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, pursuing a master’s degree in Library Science from the university’s College of Information Studies. She currently works as an intern at the District of Columbia Public Library in Washington, D.C. Percell completed her undergraduate education with a major in English at Harding Universtiy in Arkansas.
“ALA is pleased to participate for the eighth consecutive year in the Google Policy Fellowship program,” said Alan S. Inouye, director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. “We look forward to working with Johnna Percell in finding new information policy opportunities for libraries, especially in the realm of services for diverse populations.”
Find more information the Google Policy Fellowship Program.