Tag Archives: Marijke Visser

Some debates don’t have E-asy winners

Participants and judges of the Tri-bate

A major focus of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) of late has been recasting the common perception of libraries among many decision makers and influencers to reflect current reality. To this end, OITP has started a Policy Revolution!—the punchy name of our most recent grant project—through which we aim to increase our community’s visibility and capacity for engagement ... Read More »

Marijke Visser honored with 2015 ALA Staff Achievement Award

Marijke Visser

The American Library Association (ALA) recently recognized a Washington Office staffer for her successful leadership advocating on behalf of libraries across the country in connection with the FCC’s E-rate proceeding. ALA last week awarded Marijke Visser, associate director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the 2015 Staff Achievement Award for her work to push for the Federal ... Read More »

Strong coalition calls on libraries to plan now to secure E-rate funding

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

Libraries now have an extraordinary opportunity to upgrade their broadband following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to modernize the E-rate program and address the broadband capacity gap facing many public libraries. Today, a broad coalition of library associations, which includes the American Library Association (ALA), calls upon libraries to act to convert this policy win in Washington to real ... Read More »

Celebrating the National Student Poets Program

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner to honor the National Student Poets. Each year, the National Student Poets Program recognizes five extraordinary high school students, who receive college scholarships and opportunities to present their work at writing and poetry events across the country–which includes events at libraries. To qualify for the National Student Poets Program, one ... Read More »

Libraries, E-rate, and ALA featured at TPRC

Last Friday, the American Library Association (ALA) made its first appearance (and through a whole panel no less) at the Telecommunications Policy and Research Conference (TPRC), the most prestigious conference in information policy. The telecommunications policy topic, not surprisingly, that has dominated our time for over the past year: E-rate. The panel “900 Questions: A Case Study of Multistakeholder Policy ... Read More »