OITP

UMD, OITP and YALSA announce first cohort of YX Librarians

Closeup of child's hands on a laptop keyboard, display shows some sort of coding program

ALA’s Office of Information and Technology Policy is pleased to support the University of Maryland’s iSchool YX Graduate Certificate program as part of its Youth & Technology portfolio. We will be working closely with the YX partners to explore how the participating students’ work can augment our Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative. Dr. Mega Subramaniam and Linda Braun, faculty ... Read More »

All hail the card catalog!

Card Catalog with all the drawers open and empty.

Yesterday, I attended what I have been calling the event of the year: a panel program at the Library of Congress program celebrating the publication of The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, by Peter Devereaux, writer and editor at the Library’s Publishing Office. I love the card catalog. It takes me back to the days when I first ... Read More »

Jobs summit, Emily’s party, e-Rate, and San Diego

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) talking about the future of American jobs at the CTA recent summit.

This past week, I had the privilege of attending a part of the New American Jobs Summit organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a member of the American Library Association’s Public Policy Advisory Council. This was a wonderful event and my only regret was being able to attend only a part of the day. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman ... Read More »

NetGain, criminal justice, and Maura Marx

Well, it has been a tough week with the announced plan to attempt a rollback of net neutrality, House passage of the Register of Copyrights bill and ongoing deliberations on the federal budget for FY 2017 (yes, the budget year that’s already more than half over!). But there’s more happening and I would like to mention a few things here. I ... Read More »

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 »