Alan S. Inouye: Director
Alan S. Inouye joined the American Library Association (ALA) in 2007 as the Director of the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) based in Washington, D.C. In this role, he leads ALA’s technology policy portfolio ranging from telecommunications and open access to digital publishing and copyright, to advance the ability of U.S. libraries to contribute to the economic, educational, and social well-being of communities. Alan is a recognized expert in national technology policy, recently published in The Hill, Roll Call, and the Christian Science Monitor.
From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Inouye served as the Coordinator of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) in the Executive Office of the President. At PITAC, he oversaw the development of a number of reports on topics that included cyber security and computational science.
Prior to PITAC, Alan served as a study director at the National Academy of Sciences. A number of his major studies culminated in book-length reports; three of these are LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress, The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age, and Beyond Productivity: Information Technology, Innovation, and Creativity.
Dr. Inouye began his career in the computer industry in Silicon Valley. He worked as a computer programmer for Atari, a statistician for Verbatim, and a manager of information systems for Amdahl (now Fujitsu). Alan completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley.
Larra Clark: Deputy Director
Larra joined OITP in late 2010. She shares responsibilities for overall management of OITP, along with overseeing its telecommunications portfolio and day-to-day administration of the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century, and supporting a range of grant-funded collaborations. She is the co-principal investigator for the Policy Revolution! initiative, a three-year effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and advance national policy priorities for libraries. Larra also is the OITP staff lead supporting the Digital Inclusion Survey managed by the ALA Office for Research & Statistics and serves as a board member for the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition.
Previously, she served as the project manager in the ALA Office for Research & Statistics for three years. Larra provided day-to-day management of the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, including conducting qualitative research, contributing to and editing final annual study reports, and leading outreach and communications efforts around study findings and materials. She began her ALA career in the Public Information Office as Manager of Media Relations in 2000, following more than a decade of experience in non-profit public affairs, government relations, media relations and print journalism. Larra received her M.S. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Marijke Visser: Associate Director
Marijke began at OITP in 2009 to support a grant project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looking at broadband capacity in public libraries. She immediately became immersed in broadband adoption and E-rate issues and has not looked back. Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate. She is also co-chair of the Edlinc Coalition, the primary coalition promoting E-rate policy for libraries and schools at the national level. In addition to E-rate, Marijke supports the Program on Networks focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP’s emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology.
Prior to coming to OITP, Marijke worked for several community organizations that focused on empowering at-risk populations, especially focusing on youth and pre-school children. She continues to have a strong inclination to find projects that address access to information barriers so everyone, regardless of circumstance, can access, apply, and benefit from information in any format.
Marijke received her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University, Indianapolis.
Carrie Russell: Director - Program on Public Access to Information
Carrie has worked for OITP since 1999, first as Copyright Specialist where she developed copyright education programs for librarians and analyzed the expansion of copyright law in the digital environment and its impact on public policy. Carrie’s job responsibilities broadened when she became the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information. In this position, her portfolio includes international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other duties as assigned. She continues to work directly with librarians on copyright, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Before joining the Washington Office staff, Carrie was a librarian at the University of Arizona Library. As the University’s Copyright Librarian, Carrie consulted with faculty regarding curriculum related copyright issues, informed the campus community about pending copyright legislation, and developed an advocacy program for faculty on scholarly communication and alternative publishing models. Other activities included organizational development in a highly engaged team environment.
Carrie earned a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. Carrie was the recipient of the 2001 ALA Staff Achievement Award, and the 2013 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for Best Book in Library Literature for Copyright Copyright: An Everyday Guide for K-12 Librarians and Educators. She also is the author of Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians, now in its second edition.
Charlie Wapner: Information Policy Analyst
As OITP’s Information Policy Analyst, Charlie provides analytical, organizational, and logistical support to the ALA Washington Office as part of a team developing and implementing a national information policy agenda for America’s public libraries. He also supports new internal processes to improve ALA’s ability to advance its public policy agenda. Prior to working at ALA, Charlie spent two-and-a-half years providing policy and communications support to members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He worked first for Congressman Mark Critz of Pennsylvania and then for Congressman Ron Barber of Arizona. Charlie holds a B.A. in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.