Author Archives: Alan Inouye

Libraries across the U.S. are Ready to Code

From left to right: Jessie 'Chuy' Chavez of Google, Inc. with Marijke Visser and Alan Inouye of ALA's OITP at the Google Chicago office.

This post was originally published on Google’s blog The Keyword. Emily Zorea is not a computer scientist. She’s a Youth Services Librarian at the Brewer Public Library in Richland Center, Wisconsin, but when she noticed that local students were showing an interest in computer science (CS), she started a coding program at the library. Though she didn’t have a CS ... Read More »

Washington Office at Annual 2017: Report from the swamp

photo of a swamp - lots of trees in a muddy pond

“We live in interesting times” has never been truer in the realm of national policy and libraries. There are a lot of headlines in the news, but what’s going on specifically with respect to library interests? How can we separate the wheat from the policy chaff? And what’s happening —or likely to happen—in the swamp that’s not widely reported? Report from ... Read More »

Jobs summit, Emily’s party, e-Rate, and San Diego

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) talking about the future of American jobs at the CTA recent summit.

This past week, I had the privilege of attending a part of the New American Jobs Summit organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a member of the American Library Association’s Public Policy Advisory Council. This was a wonderful event and my only regret was being able to attend only a part of the day. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman ... Read More »

NetGain, criminal justice, and Maura Marx

Well, it has been a tough week with the announced plan to attempt a rollback of net neutrality, House passage of the Register of Copyrights bill and ongoing deliberations on the federal budget for FY 2017 (yes, the budget year that’s already more than half over!). But there’s more happening and I would like to mention a few things here. I ... Read More »

ALA announces Google Policy Fellow for 2017

I am pleased to announce that Alisa Holahan will serve as ALA’s 2017 Google Policy Fellow. She will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and internet policy issues through the library lens. As a Google Policy Fellow, Holahan will explore diverse areas of information policy, such as copyright law, information access for underserved populations, telecommunications policy, digital ... Read More »