Tag Archives: OITP

What does it mean to #ConnectALL?

Expanding broadband access to all Americans is the goal of the #ConnectALL initiative.

Last Wednesday, the White House announced the #ConnectALL initiative and a goal to connect 20 million more people to broadband by 2020. That’s right — 20 million! According to the Pew Research Center, only about 67 percent of Americans have home broadband access, or roughly 80 percent when factoring in access via smartphones. Cost is the major reason most people ... Read More »

ALA seeks candidates for 2016 Google Policy Fellowship

Google Policy Fellowship graphic

The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2016 Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) began its participation in this program at the program’s founding in 2008. For the summer of 2016, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in ... Read More »

CopyTalk cancelled for March

Cup of coffee with beans.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to circumstances beyond any normal human’s control, we will not have a CopyTalk webinar for the month of March. We will be back on schedule April 7th 2015, the first Thursday of the month! Upcoming webinars will focus on music, video and best practices for fair use regarding art resources. Stay tuned! Read More »

Free webinar: LibERate the Telecommunications Act of 1996! — Making E-Rate Make Sense

DC Digital Commons. Photo by Phil-Freelon.

WHAT:  Free PLA webinar! Presented in partnership with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). WHEN:  Thursday, 3/3/2016 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern) 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific) We’ve all heard about the massive changes to E-rate over the last couple of years. As we’re in the midst of filing for the 2016–2017 ... Read More »

Libraries recognized at House Energy and Commerce hearing on 3D printing

U.S. Capitol. Photo by Jonathon Colman via Flickr

Rep. Cardenas credits libraries as leaders of the maker movement On Friday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing exploring the implications of the rapid takeoff of 3D printing in this country and beyond. Witnesses included Alan Amling of UPS, Edward Herderick of General Electric, Ed Morris of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation ... Read More »