Author Archives: Alan Inouye

ALA’s Charlie Wapner promoted

Charlie Wapner, senior policy analyst, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

Will serve as senior information policy analyst in Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Please join me in congratulating Charlie Wapner on his promotion from Information Policy Analyst to Senior Information Policy Analyst effective in January 2016. Many of you know Charlie through his leadership on 3D printing. He completed a major report, “Progress in the Making: 3D Printing Policy ... Read More »

On the road for libraries: Cape May and Lewes

A new library is being built in Lewes, Delaware

As Larra Clark reports, we had the pleasure of working with the “chiefs” (as in the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)) at their recent fall meeting in Cape May, New Jersey. During the past years, ALA has worked with COSLA on many issues, notably advocating for an improved E-rate program, federal appropriations for libraries (i.e., the Library Services ... Read More »

ALA discusses intellectual property enforcement

Girl creating in library maker space

Responding to a request for input on the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, the American Library Association (ALA) submitted formal comments to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator through the Library Copyright Alliance. To highlight those comments, I offer a few observations of a more informal nature on intellectual property enforcement: Kids and others (e.g., designers, entrepreneurs, and ... Read More »

Wow! The National Student Poets Program

First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2015 National Student Poets.

Last Thursday, Larra Clark and I had the privilege of attending a dinner to honor the National Student Poets. Five students are selected each year to serve as literary ambassadors, each representing a different part of the country. The dinner capped an extraordinary day that began with a poetry reading in the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama, White ... Read More »

Federal libraries and the national policy agenda

Library of Congress

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting at the Library of Congress with the FEDLINK Advisory Board. My brief was a presentation and discussion of the National Policy Agenda for Libraries in the context of federal libraries and related institutions. Federal libraries represent both a particular segment of the library community and an extensive and far-reaching one as well—including ... Read More »