Author Archives: Alan Inouye

OITP welcomes new chair, Marc Gartler

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I’m pleased to announce that Marc Gartler is the new chair of the Advisory Committee for ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), as appointed by ALA President Julie Todaro. Marc succeeds Dan Lee of the University of Arizona, who served as OITP chair for two years. We are deeply grateful for Dan’s leadership and service to OITP and ALA. ... Read More »

Dear RNC and DNC: Libraries are essential to achieving national priorities

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Today, the Republican National Convention (RNC) kicks off in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins next Monday in Philadelphia. In the latest installment of the Policy Revolution! initiative, ALA submitted comments to the Republican and Democratic Party Platform Committees. A party platform is a formal set of value statements and goals to guide the direction of a political ... Read More »

3D printing and educational equity at ALA Annual

3D printer in action

Guest Blogger Rebeccah Baker served as the Student-to-Staff Program participant for the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Rebeccah completed her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies in May 2016. “3D printing is the latest wave of the digital revolution,” as stated by OITP’s senior information policy analyst Charlie ... Read More »

Caribbean librarians visit the Washington Office

Visiting librarians from the Caribbean with ALA Washington Office staff.

On Tuesday, the American Library Association (ALA) was pleased to receive a delegation of librarians and archivists from the Caribbean. These visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State. The delegation included: Ryllis Mannix, Antigua and Barbuda Joseph Prosper, Antigua and Barbuda Junior Browne, Barbados Grace ... Read More »

A “Library for All” around the world and volunteer opportunity

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Last week, I was in New York City for a board meeting for Library For All (LFA), a nonprofit organization that has built a digital library platform to address the lack of access to quality educational materials in developing countries. Among other things, I learned about the latest LFA success—in Cambodia, where the kids’ demand for ebooks came to exceed ... Read More »