Tag Archives: OITP

Potpourri in the swamp, but it is all good!

Yes, this is a weird title — but I was involved in several activities from the last couple of weeks that I wanted to communicate. One or two of these could each merit a full post themselves. Given Midwinter and the frenetic pace of Washington at the moment, I did not get around to it, unfortunately. So, here is the ... Read More »

Whiplash – back to Washington, D.C.

xray image of driver with whiplash

Whiplash — going from Midwinter in Atlanta to arriving back in my office in Washington, D.C. and facing a week of policy onslaught. As with much of the nation, I find it hard to know where to begin. Of course, my starting point is always the ALA mission, the Library Bill of Rights and the strategic directions of the Association, ... Read More »

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 »

Want to double-down on fixing the Copyright Law? Fix ELUAs.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Copyright Week logo.

The American Library Association is taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law and addressing what’s at stake and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Oh, EULAs! End-user ... Read More »

Getting connected with Google Fiber at Midwinter 2017

Google fiber logo - colorful houses and rainbow bunny rabbit

In the ICYMI file, take note of a session newly added to OITP’s lineup at Midwinter – Getting Connected with Google Fiber: Libraries Leading the Way to Digital Inclusion. Using the internet is obviously not just a matter of a connection. Library professionals know very well that many people in their communities struggle to gain access to online resources and turn to ... Read More »