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OITP conference to explore impact of mobile technologies on library services

The information revolution has reached our pockets, and as this mobile transformation continues to unfold, libraries will experiment with tools to support the information needs of their users, wherever they are. Mobile tech and services can alter some of the relationships between libraries and their users, and introduces novel challenges to reader privacy. Simultaneously, the proliferation of mobile devices and services reiterates standing concerns of access to information in the digital age, including content ownership and licensing, digital rights management, and accessibility. 

On the heels of the release of the policy brief, “There’s an App for That! Libraries and Mobile: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations,” the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy will present its research and invite members of the library and policy communities to respond to its findings and recommendations during its program, “Libraries, Mobile, Policy: A Report Back and Response” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in Convention Center, Room 145B. 

Panelists will include Timothy Vollmer, consultant to OITP and Open Policy Fellow at Creative Commons, Cody Hanson, Technology Librarian at the University of Minnesota, and Sherwin Siy, Deputy Legal Director at Washington, D.C. based public interest group Public Knowledge.

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