Office for Information Technology Policy

Winning libraries share cutting-edge services at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

LAS VEGAS—Does your local library offer cutting-edge library services? Learn how four ALA-recognized libraries are using novel and cost-effective methods to leverage technologies to better serve their communities during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference session “Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services,” which will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N259/261.

ALA prepares to help protect the Open Internet

Washington, D.C.—Today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) re-opens one of the most important rulemakings to affect America’s internet users and the libraries that support free public access and communities of researchers and learners. American Library Association (ALA) Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement in the wake of the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Open Internet:

United for Libraries to present '3D Printers & Library Policies' at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA United for Libraries will present “3D Printers & Library Policies” 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at the ALA Annual Conference. The program will be co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF),

Many public and academic libraries are making 3D printers available for patron use. A panel of speakers will talk about this new trend, including concerns and issues to address when creating library policies related to patron access to and use of 3D printers.

Library associations select Robert Oakley scholarship winner

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Carla Myers the 2014 Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. The Library Copyright Alliance, which includes ALA, established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and active in intellectual property, public policy, copyright and their impacts on libraries.

ALA accelerates efforts on copyright and surveillance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Adam Eisgrau, a veteran intellectual property and privacy policy lobbyist, today joins the American Library Association’s copyright and cybersecurity advocacy efforts to increase visibility for library issues on a national level.

2014 Patterson copyright award winner announced

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Georgia Harper is the 2014 recipient of the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. Harper is the Scholarly Communications Advisor for the University of Texas at Austin Libraries, where she focuses on issues of digital access and previously, Senior Attorney and manager of the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for the University of Texas System.

ALA President applauds creation of 'Right to E-read' campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) launched the “Right to E-read” campaign, a new initiative that enables libraries to advocate for library e-books. In response, Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), today congratulated EBLIDA for developing the ebook advocacy campaign:

ALA to participate in IMLS hearing on libraries and broadband

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, April 17, 2014, from 9:30–11:30 a.m., leaders from the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” a public hearing hosted by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that will explore the need for high-speed broadband in American libraries.

ALA calls for FCC to use $2 billion for e-rate demonstration projects, funding internal connections

Today the American Library Association (ALA) called on (PDF) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy newly identified E-rate program funding to boost library broadband access and alleviate historic shortfalls in funding for internal connections.

American Library Association, Internet Archive support civil liberties in amicus brief

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the American Library Association and the Internet Archive filed a “friend of the court” (PDF) brief in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie, two Supreme Court cases examining the constitutionality of cell phone searches after police arrests. In the amicus brief, both nonprofit organizations argue that warrantless cell phone searches violate privacy principles protected by the Fourth Amendment.

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