Tag Archives: OITP

OITP welcomes new chair, Marc Gartler

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I’m pleased to announce that Marc Gartler is the new chair of the Advisory Committee for ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), as appointed by ALA President Julie Todaro. Marc succeeds Dan Lee of the University of Arizona, who served as OITP chair for two years. We are deeply grateful for Dan’s leadership and service to OITP and ALA. ... Read More »

Dear RNC and DNC: Libraries are essential to achieving national priorities

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Today, the Republican National Convention (RNC) kicks off in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins next Monday in Philadelphia. In the latest installment of the Policy Revolution! initiative, ALA submitted comments to the Republican and Democratic Party Platform Committees. A party platform is a formal set of value statements and goals to guide the direction of a political ... Read More »

Digital first sale paper available

Dr. Yoonmo Sang, newly appointed Research Associate with OITP.

In October 2015, Yoonmo Sang joined OITP as a research associate upon completion of his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. While in residence at OITP, Dr. Sang completed a working paper—Examining the interconnections between copyright law and the mission of the library: Focusing on digital first sale—drawn in part from his PhD dissertation. Dr. Sang is prolific ... Read More »

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 »