Office for Information Technology Policy
1615 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009-2520
The Office for Information Technology Policy advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public.
E-rate & Broadband
- OITP's Larra Clark highlights one-year anniversary of ConnectHome in American Libraries’ blog, The Scoop.
- New Lifeline broadband subsidy to be available 12/2—but options limited for now
- OITP on National Broadband Research Agenda
- ALA makes recommendations to FCC on Digital Inclusion Plan
- ALA, ARL, EDUCAUSE oppose “end run” to limit FCC net neutrality authority
- ALA, ACRL, ARL, COSLA file network neutrality amicus.
- ALA and libraries win the day on net neutrality.
- ALA applauds decision upholding net neutrality protections.
- LCA reports on meeting with US Copyright Office on Section 108.
- LCA submits comments to the US Copyright Office on digital deposit.
- ALA re-launches Copyright Advisory Network.
- LCA signs onto brief to Supreme Court calling for limited copyright in useful articles.
Coding and Computational Thinking
- Ready to Code: Connecting Youth to CS Opportunity through Libraries (PDF)
- Libraries work toward #CSForAll during CS Education Week
- White House highlights Libraries Ready to Code for CSEdWeek
- Coding in libraries is not just for experts
- Getting #ReadytoCode During #CSEdweek
- ALA, Rosen Publishing release new “Libraries Ready to Code” video
- And what a #CSEdWeek it was
- ALA submits comments to the Republican and Democratic Party Platform Committees.
- OITP releases entrepreneurship white paper
- ALA hosts National Policy Convening.
- OITP releases report offering practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries.
- ALA, Benetech hold program at SXSWedu on 3D printing and educational equity.
- OITP comments on Copyright Office’s Section 1201 3D printing rules.
- OITP releases report urging policymakers to include libraries in 3D printing initiatives and policy discussions.
OITP produces and disseminates publications to inform and engage national policy makers, the library community, and other relevant communities. These publications address the range of OITP issues that includes copyright, public and open access to information, library connectivity, telecommunications policy, privacy, and the future of libraries.
OITP’s work focuses on three areas: public access to information, network and connectivity issues, and the role of America's libraries in the 21st century. In addition to these three areas of expertise, OITP maintains a Fellows Program in order to hear from experts in related fields and stay abreast of cutting edge issues facing libraries today.
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