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ALA announces Google Policy Fellow for 2017

I am pleased to announce that Alisa Holahan will serve as ALA’s 2017 Google Policy Fellow. She will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and internet policy issues through the library lens. As a Google Policy Fellow, Holahan will explore diverse areas of information policy, such as copyright law, information access for underserved populations, telecommunications policy, digital ... Read More »

Decision makers: libraries are ready to code

Ready to Code Brief cover page

Computing jobs represent the largest source of new jobs and are among the highest paying, yet hundreds of thousands of openings go unfilled. And such employment needs are projected to continue growing in the coming years. Libraries are part of the solution in preparing more of America’s youth for these jobs Libraries are ideal venues to provide career opportunities for ... Read More »

The next move for net neutrality

Threats to net neutrality continue to be a serious concern for libraries, concurrent with the extraordinary pressures around the Institute of Museum and Library Services, created by the President’s Budget Blueprint. (For more on the FY 2018 appropriations process, please go to Fight for Libraries!, a new advocacy portal.) Today, however, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of ... Read More »

#TTW17 recap, upcoming conferences and more

Mr. Nick Minchin, Australian Consul-General, speaking at a recent Library For All reception.

Hi all. Well, I have accumulated a number of items and so figured it was time for a little update. I would like to begin with YALSA’s Teen Tech Week, which just concluded. We had a big push on coding-related activities and a highlight was a segment on the news in Detroit on WXYZ-TV (the ABC affiliate). It is great; ... Read More »

2017 Google Policy Fellowship announced

Google Policy Fellowship graphic

The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) was a founding participant of the program back in 2008. For the summer of 2017, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., ... Read More »