Libraries Ready to Code: Charting the course

logo for European Conference on Information Literacy in Prague, Czech Republic, 10-13 October, 2016

In D.C. in OITP, we dread hearing the words, “While walking up Connecticut Avenue…” as this often results in the development of a concept paper on a new policy topic, a half-day planning meeting, a flurry of emails changing a course of action, or a mandatory glass of wine on the way to the metro because it’s actually all three ... Read More »

OITP on National Broadband Research Agenda

two ethernet cable ends

In response to a request from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Foundation, this week ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy, along with our partners at the Benton Foundation, filed comments on the National Broadband Research Agenda. The NTIA’s Request for Comment (RFC) asked for help identifying the data and research needs in the areas of ... Read More »

Copyright Clearance Center charges a mark-up

dollar bill "in greed we trust"

It all started when I polled some librarians about recent permission fees paid for journal articles, just to have more background on current state of interlibrary loan. If permission fees were unreasonably high, it might be a data point to share if the House Judiciary Committee on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet considers the U.S. Copyright Office’s senseless ... Read More »

ALA appoints Nick Gross OITP Research Associate

"research" under a magnifying glass

This week, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that Nick Gross will serve as a Research Associate in its Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In that role, Nick will provide policy research assistance on copyright, telecommunications, and the other issues within the OITP portfolio. In particular, he will work on various initiatives related to ALA’s policy advocacy efforts to ... Read More »

ALA makes recommendations to FCC on digital inclusion plan

FCC Hearing

As part of its modernization of the Lifeline program in March, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) charged its Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau (CGB) with developing a digital inclusion plan that addresses broadband adoption issues. Yesterday the ALA filed a letter with the Commission with recommendations for the plan. ALA called on the Commission to address non-price barriers to broadband adoption ... Read More »