Author Archives: Alan Inouye

The Copyright Office belongs in the Library of Congress

the James Madison Building

In “Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress,” a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), Google Policy Fellow Alisa Holahan compellingly documents that Congress repeatedly has considered the best locus for the U.S. Copyright Office (CO) and consistently reaffirmed that the Library of Congress (Library) is its most effective and efficient home. Prompted ... Read More »

ALA comments filed at the FCC

Text that says "Fight for Net Neutrality" with a star burst behind it.

Today, ALA continues the fight for an open internet for all. In comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ALA questions the need to review current net neutrality rules and urges regulators to maintain the strong, enforceable rules already in place. “Network neutrality is all about equity of access to information, and thus of fundamental interest to libraries,” said ... Read More »

Congratulations to Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser speaking about e-rate on a panel at ALA's National Library Legislative Day in 2017.

I had a great experience at the recent Conference in Chicago hope you did, too. There is such positive energy being amongst thousands of library folks dedicated to advancing services in their respective communities, the library profession and ALA. A particular highlight for me was announcing Marijke Visser’s promotion to Associate Director and Senior Policy Advocate at the Friday meeting ... Read More »

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 »