Once again, we are participating in the Google Policy Fellows program. For the summer of 2012, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA Washington Office to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is under the full control of ALA and the fellow. The Google Washington office provides an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks. Jessie Mannisto from the School of Information at the University of Michigan served as our 2011 fellow.
The fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband, net neutrality, open access to information, free expression, digital literacy, online privacy, the future of libraries generally, and many other topics.
In addition to ALA, this year’s roster of participating organizations includes the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Center for Democracy and Technology, The Citizen Lab, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Future of Music Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Media Access Project, National Hispanic Media Coalition, New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom, and the Technology Policy Institute.
Further information about the program and host organizations is available at the Google Public Policy Fellowship website. Applications are due by February 3, 2012. I hope to see many LIS students in the applicant pool!
Director, Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)
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