Take Action

Tag Archives: Marijke Visser

Midwinter field trip to Cobb County libraries

% ALA Staff and Pat Ball standing outside Stratton Library

After four days of productive committee meetings and sessions at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, the opportunity to see real libraries in action was a welcome change of scenery. Monday afternoon Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) staff (plus me) were given a tour of several libraries in the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) hosted by a CCPLS branch ... Read More »

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 »

Youth, tech and PB&J at Midwinter

Children using an iPad.

Technology is ubiquitous in our society today. It’s in our classrooms, businesses and homes, on our wrists and in our pockets. As the ambit of everyday objects and activities that employ – or even require the use of – technology continues to expand, what are the consequences for children and teens? Answering this question requires careful consideration of several policy ... Read More »

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 »