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ALA Submits Report to Obama-Biden Transition Team

After the 2008 presidential election, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee and the Committee on Legislation (COL) held meetings with the ALA Washington Office to discuss the key issues and concerns the library community must communicate to the new Administration during this time of transition and throughout Obama’s presidency.

Following these meetings, the ALA Washington Office compiled a report, which was submitted to the Obama-Biden Transition Team on Wednesday, December 17. The Washington Office is communicating with the Transition Team and hopes to continue this open dialogue over the next four years. The report, titled Opening the “Window to a Larger World,” Libraries’ Role in Changing America, can be viewed here.

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  1. Desertsailor Desertsailor

    Folks, the recommendation about the Government Printing Office is way too general. The whole structure of the delivery of government information needs an overhaul. The Superintendent of Documents office needs to be organized out of GPO and given a considerably broader mandate. SuDoc is an information dissemination organization trapped within a printing operation. Print, while still important, is not the way I suspect most Americans are accessing government information. As long as SuDoc is constrained by the print oriented mentality of the GPO, and the restrictions of the 1895 law, neither the public, libraries, or indeed the government, is being well served.

    Charley Seavey
    35 years of working with government information

  2. sbauer sbauer

    An otherwise excellent list of topics the transition team should consider managed to miss talking about something that the Obama team has already they are considering which is a concern for many libraries – infrastructure. Given the age of many of our buildings, it would seem a great “fit” to have asked about some of the infrastructure money that is under discussion be set aside for repairing/replacing libraries.

  3. d corner d corner

    I wholeheartedly agree with sbauer about library bricks and mortar. There are libraries in Maine that are set to go with projects that are ahead of fundraising. Some libraries are making improvements or renovations over the course of so many years that their costs far exceed what the projects would have cost if completed together.
    Library construction is a benefit that will last many decades, if not a century, beyond completion.

  4. […] does mention federal libraries and government information so be aware of the submission.  The ALA Washington Office blog mentions the report, Opening the “Window to a Larger World: Libraries’ Role in Changing […]

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