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Farewell, Rick

Today, June 29th, 2007, marks the end of an era here at the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Dr. Frederick W. (Rick) Weingarten is retiring as our Director. Though he will stay on as a consultant, his presence, insights, expertise and mentorship will be missed in the day-to-day activities of OITP and the ALA Washington Office as a whole. His contributions to ALA, OITP and the library profession in the last eight years as Director of OITP are many and great, with too many to enumerate in this short tribute. For these many contributions, we are greatly appreciative to Rick and congratulate him on his distinguished career and retirement.

In recognition of his work here at OITP, the ALA Council and the board of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) honored Rick by passing resolutions during the ALA Annual Conference. The LITA board presented Rick with a framed version of the resolution during his final appearance as Director in front of the board on June 26. Below, is the resolution adopted by the ALA Council on June 26, 2007, (CD # 20.10) in honor of Rick.


WHEREAS, Dr. Frederick Weingarten served the members of the American Library Association (ALA) as the Director of the Office for Information Technology Policy since 1999; and

WHEREAS, Rick has brought his intelligence and expertise in the area of technology policy to bear on some of the most pressing issues facing libraries today; and

WHEREAS, Rick has established OITP’s copyright education program, and established for libraries a leading voice in the debate over fair use and users’ rights; and

WHEREAS, Rick has been a diligent proponent for libraries in the turbulent history of the federal E-rate program, which has provided millions of dollars in discounts for library connectivity; and

WHEREAS, Rick has established essential connections for ALA with national policy organizations, private foundations, researchers, policy think tanks, and others; and

WHEREAS, Rick has developed an extensive program for library technology policy research, including the issues surrounding broadband deployment to libraries; and

WHEREAS, Rick has accumulated so many Marriott Points, it won’t be possible to use them in his lifetime; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the American Library Association congratulates Rick on his retirement; and be it further

RESOLVED that the Association is delighted to continue work with Rick as he consults with OITP on ongoing research projects; and be it further

RESOLVED that the ALA membership extends its sincere appreciation for Rick’s tireless efforts on behalf of the Association and library users around the world and wishes him continued success.

Endorsed by Committee on Legislation

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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