OITP

Copyright Abandonment

Copyright Abandonment.

The Cato Institute sponsored a program yesterday, Intellectual Property and First Principles, on the differing opinions of conservatives and libertarians on intellectual property [sic]. The conservative argued that copyright was a natural right and therefore intellectual property was indeed property worthy of government protection. The libertarian, on the other hand, argued that copyright is a creation of Congress— a grant ... Read More »

Webinar explores collaboration to serve military & their families through libraries

A military family.

The ALA and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) introduced their new partnership to the first round of potential pilot libraries last week. The effort provides an opportunity for libraries to add to their capacity to serve military members and their families with customized financial education and resources in concert with certified credit counselors. Larra Clark, deputy director of the ... Read More »

ALA joins NFCC to serve military and their families through libraries

A military family.

ALA has joined forces with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and local libraries to deliver financial education and resources to members of the military and their families across the country. Members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. ALA and ... Read More »

State Government Information and the copyright conundrum (updated information!)

Cup of coffee with beans.

Updated webinar registration information! (see below) Figuring out whether state government documents are copyrighted is a tricky question. Copyright law has significant impact on the work libraries, digital repositories, and even state agencies, with regards to digitizing and web archiving state government information. Free State Government Information (FSGI) http://stategov.freegovinfo.info/ has been steadily working to raise awareness and find pathways forward ... Read More »

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 »