Author Archives: Alan Inouye

Potpourri in the swamp, but it is all good!

Yes, this is a weird title — but I was involved in several activities from the last couple of weeks that I wanted to communicate. One or two of these could each merit a full post themselves. Given Midwinter and the frenetic pace of Washington at the moment, I did not get around to it, unfortunately. So, here is the ... Read More »

Whiplash – back to Washington, D.C.

xray image of driver with whiplash

Whiplash — going from Midwinter in Atlanta to arriving back in my office in Washington, D.C. and facing a week of policy onslaught. As with much of the nation, I find it hard to know where to begin. Of course, my starting point is always the ALA mission, the Library Bill of Rights and the strategic directions of the Association, ... Read More »

Charlie Wapner to serve as Senior Research Associate

Photo by Reynermedia via Flickr

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Charlie Wapner as a Senior Research Associate in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In this role, Charlie will provide research and advice on the broad array of issues addressed by OITP, and especially as needed to advocate with the three branches of the federal government and communicate with the library ... Read More »

Spotlighting the value of libraries in Washington, DC

blue and black arrows on green background - logo for Here Comes Everybody event on November 17, 2016

On November 17, the American Library Association (ALA) partnered with the Internet Association to hold a public session on advancing economic opportunity, targeted to the policy community in Washington, D.C. The session, chaired by ALA President Julie Todaro, was held at the Google DC office. The panel discussion was moderated by a reporter from The Hill and included representatives from ... Read More »

ALA writes to French council on information access

Google search result: Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe.

Yesterday, ALA submitted a letter to the Conseil d’État (Council of State) in France regarding Google’s appeal of the decision of the Commission Nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) implementing a ruling of the European Court of Justice. This decision concerns Google, Inc. and the issue commonly known as the “right to be forgotten” (RTBF). Some of you will recall ... Read More »