Advocacy Spotlight

Making sense of a making discussion

3D printer in action

Last Friday, I served as a panelist in a program on 3D printing at the Dupont Summit, an annual science, technology and environmental policy convening in Washington D.C. I was joined by Gadsden “Gad” Merrill, general manager at Tech Shop DC-Arlington, a subscription-based fabrication facility replete with 3D printers and other digital manufacturing tools. Gad offered a tour de force ... Read More »

Getting down to business on Policy Revolution!

George Washington School of Business, Washington, D.C.

In November 2013, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy – rabble rousers that we are – started a revolution…a policy revolution, that is. Realizing that perceptions of what libraries do among decision makers and the public do not always reflect reality, we spearheaded an effort by that very name (Policy Revolution!) to increase the library community’s visibility and capacity for ... Read More »

Last chance to support libraries at SXSW

South by Southwest welcome banner.

A couple of weeks ago, the ALA Washington Office urged support for library programs at South by Southwest (SXSW). The library community’s footprint at this annual set of conferences and activities has expanded in recent years, and we must keep this trend going! Now is your last chance to do your part, as public voting on panel proposals will end ... Read More »

Time to vote for libraries at SXSW

South by Southwest welcome banner.

Believe it or not, the annual interdisciplinary fete known as South by Southwest (SXSW) is once again around the corner – and, as in years past, we need your help to make sure libraries are well represented. Last year, with your help, OITP’s Larra Clark participated in the Austin-based event (which consists of four separate convenings – SXSW Interactive, SXSW ... Read More »

Change Looks Impossible When You Start

“Change looks impossible when you start, inevitable when you finish” – Bob Hunter There seems to never a really be a great opportunity to take time out and visit legislators. It takes energy, a time commitment and it can sometimes seem futile and a bit overwhelming. But I have learned from the many American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ... Read More »