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Author: Larra Clark

Larra Clark is the deputy director of both the Public Library Association and Washington Office’s public policy team. Larra received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arizona and has a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

OITP Receives Funding to Continue Work on Edge Initiative

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is pleased to announce it has received a $81,600 grant addendum from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue its participation in the Edge Initiative. With the Public Library Association (PLA), OITP serves on the Edge coalition of organizations that provide…

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Are You on the (Cutting) Edge? Tell us about it!

Folks here in the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and at the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) know many public, school, college/university libraries, library consortia and coops, and state libraries are using cutting edge technology to develop and deliver impactful library services and programs. So, what are…

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Report from the Alaska OWL Broadband Sustainability Summit

The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) has brought billions of dollars in investment in broadband infrastructure, public computing centers (PCCs) and broadband adoption efforts. Libraries and their communities have been among the beneficiaries of these funds, particularly as it relates to PCCs. As these grants wind down, however, libraries are…

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OITP collaborates on new “Inclusive Gigabit Libraries” initiative

The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s Program on Networks is pleased to announce it will be working with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and U.S. Ignite to promote access to and use of gigabit networks. The Institute of…

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OITP releases backgrounder on “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books”

As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, several member leaders have requested we develop and distribute communications resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues. Today OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (pdf) that…

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