Office for Information Technology Policy

Technology experts to discuss socially-conscious 3D services in libraries at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—3D printers may seem novel, but they are already being harnessed for social good. A prime example: The Silicon Valley-based social advocacy organization Benetech has forged a partnership between libraries, museums and schools to level the playing field for learners with disabilities. Learn more about this innovative partnership at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Don’t miss Astronaut Yvonne Cagle talk about getting girls excited about science and math

What are the best ways that libraries can excite young learners about science and math? How can leaders facilitate informal learning through libraries and entertainment?

Copyright leaders to host copyright Q&A at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Have a question about copyright policies? Library copyright experts will be available during the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., to respond to vexing copyright questions about licensing, fair use, electronic reserves, using music, images and video content, and more.

Leaders to discuss innovative coding programs at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—Coding in libraries? Learn about the variety of programming in school and public libraries at the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Business experts to explore successful entrepreneurship programs in libraries at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—The library community does more to promote entrepreneurship than many realize. Libraries provide assistance at every stage of the effort to launch and operate a new venture—from writing a business plan, to raising capital, to managing workflow. Learn about best practices for supporting entrepreneurs in libraries at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Leaders to talk library ebook lending market changes at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

 
ORLANDO, Fla.—What has changed in the library ebook lending environment in the past year? A panel of library and publishing experts will provide an update on the library ebook lending market and discuss best ways for libraries to advance library access to digital content at the 2016 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

ALA announces 2016 winner of L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today named the Copyright Review Management System (CRMS)—a product developed by staff at the University of Michigan’s HathiTrust digital library with the contributions of volunteers at libraries across the country— this year’s winner of the L.

ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries

 
Washington, D.C. –The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered” (pdf). Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service.

ALA, Harry Potter Alliance launch “Spark” advocacy video series

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) joined the Harry Potter Alliance in launching “Spark,” an eight-part video series developed to support and guide first-time advocates who are interested in advocating at the federal level for issues that matter to them.

ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code”

 
Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.
 
"Libraries today are less about what we have on our shelves and more about what we do for and with people in our schools, campuses and communities,” said ALA President Sari Feldman.