I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Peha and Sari Feldman as senior fellows of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). As senior fellows, they will provide strategic advice on our national policy advocacy.
Jon Peha is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He has served as the chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission, assistant director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, legislative fellow on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and team leader and fellow in the U.S. Agency for International Development. In industry, Peha has been chief technical officer for three high-tech companies and a member of technical staff at SRI International, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Microsoft. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Peha will provide ALA with counsel on the broad range of telecommunications issues from net neutrality and network engineering to spectrum and universal service.
Sari Feldman is executive director of the 27-branch Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio. She has served as the president of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. As part of her service to ALA, Feldman served as co-chair of the ALA Digital Content Working Group that successfully advocated for library access to e-books from the largest publishers. She was named one of Publishers Weekly’s “Notable Publishing People of 2014.” She has held other leadership posts in libraries that include deputy director at the Cleveland Public Library. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Feldman’s local civic involvement included president of the board of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and as well as an appointed member of the City-County Workforce Development Board. She currently serves as Chair of DigitalC, formerly OneCommunity. Feldman will provide guidance on e-book and digital content issues as well as library broadband policy and implementation.
“ALA is fortunate to have such capable individuals sharing their knowledge with us,” said Marc Gartler, chair of the OITP Advisory Committee. “Libraries have many policy concerns, so the breadth and depth provided by the senior fellows is essential to our ability to adequately address the myriad issues before us. On behalf of ALA, I extend our sincere thanks for their willingness to serve.”
Feldman and Peha join senior fellow Robert Bocher, senior counsel Alan Fishel and senior advisor Roger Rosen as strategic advisors to ALA.