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Who should be the next Librarian of Congress?

Library of Congress

In the past few months, there has been considerable discussion among Washington information and technology leaders about who should lead the Library of Congress, now that James Billington has announced his retirement. Today, in an op-ed published today in Roll Call, Alan Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy, asks leaders to re-imagine the future of ... Read More »

ALA applauds initiative to support broadband for public housing residents

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The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomes President Barack Obama’s announcement of the ConnectHome initiative to expand high-speed broadband to public housing residents. The ALA is proud to be a partner in realizing a shared vision to empower more people to thrive online. “Librarians know from our work in communities every day that far, far too many Americans currently lack ... Read More »

So, what does a Google Policy Fellow actually… do?

A capitol chair at the congressional briefing.

Guest post by Johnna Percell, 2015 Google Policy Fellow I have spent much of my time over the past few weeks answering that question. From well-meaning family members curious about my unfamiliar career trajectory to strangers caught off guard by my answer to the classic DC introductory question – “And what do you do?” Typically telling them that I’m working ... Read More »

ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

Image of the word "policy" in the dictionary.

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda (pdf) for Libraries to guide a proactive policy shift. “Too often, decision makers do not yet understand the extent ... Read More »