Office for Information Technology Policy

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1615 New Hampshire Ave NW
First Floor
Washington, DC  20009-2520

Phone: 202-628-8410
Fax: 202-628-8419


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

Net Neutrality


  • LCA submits comments to the U.S. Copyright Office requesting renewal of 1201 exemptions for the print disabled, video game preservation, and the use of video by educators and researchers.
  • LCA writes a letter (pdf) to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) calling for the inclusion of copyright exceptions in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as well as intermediary safe harbors and a strong international exhaustion exception based on U.S. law.
  • LCA calls (pdf) for additional copyright limitations in H.R. 3301, the Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act (the CLASSICS Act).

Coding and Computational Thinking

Policy Revolution!

3D Printing

  • 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 publicationsOITP 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.



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Data mirrorballOITP’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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