OITP Fact Sheet

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Contact: ALA Washington Office

Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)

The Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), part of the ALA Washington Office, advocates for public policy that supports and encourages the 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.

OITP works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public by:

  • Conducting research and analysis aimed at understanding the implications of information technology and information policy for libraries and library users,
  • Educating the ALA community about the implications of information policy, law, and regulation for libraries and library users,
  • Advancing ALA’s information policy interests in non-legislative government policy forums, and
  • Engaging in strategic outlook to anticipate technological change, particularly as it presents policy challenges to libraries and library users

The fulfillment of this mission implies an array of activities, currently organized into four programs: Public Access to Information, Networks, America’s Libraries in the 21st Century, and OITP Fellows.

Selected Initiatives, Projects, and Activities

  • Coordinate and provide support to the Digital Content & Libraries Working Group and its subgroups
  • Serve as a member of the governing roundtable of the Edge, the benchmarks initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Represent ALA (except ACRL) in the Library Copyright Alliance to advocate for appropriate copyright policy for the library community through activities such as filing court briefs and participating in copyright-related initiatives in the copyright community
  • Represent the U.S. library community at WIPO meetings in Geneva through our International Copyright Advocates initiative
  • Promote the role of libraries in all facets of digital literacy through increasing awareness beyond the library community and improving the resources for librarians to support digital literacy activities
  • Serve in leadership roles on key telecommunications projects and groups such as the Schools, Healthcare, and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (UCAN), and others
  • Develop and disseminate leading-edge concepts for the future of libraries; publish and disseminate reports as appropriate
  • Advocate for e-rate discounts for libraries by monitoring proposed changes and submitting comments to the FCC as necessary and proposing changes and advocating to implement them

For Further Information
Browse OITP’s Web site at http://www.ala.org/oitp.

American Library Association
Office for Information Technology Policy
1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW
First Floor • Washington, D.C. 20009
202.628.8421 • 800.941.8478 toll free • 202.628.8424 fax