Office for Information Technology Policy

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.

ALA launches Public Policy Advisory Council

 
As part of its National Policy Convening, the American Library Association (ALA) today announces the establishment of a Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) to strengthen the engagement of the library community in national public policy.

ALA Appoints Roger Rosen as Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy

 
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Roger Rosen as a senior advisor in its Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In this capacity, Rosen will provide guidance on a broad range of topics in OITP’s new Program on Youth & Technology, which is focused on how libraries are well-placed to advance the creative and innovative thinking and learning needed by youth in the digital society. He also will advise on the association’s “Libraries Ready to Code” project.

ALA to Host Natl. Policy Convening on Advancing Economic Opportunities, Supporting Youth with Technology

 
WASHINGTON, D.C.―The innovation economy, digital learning and computer science, and even the future of the Library of Congress are all timely topics for this election season. The American Library Association (ALA) will debate each at its first national policy convening on  April 12 and 13, 2016.
 
How do we develop better solutions that build economic opportunity for entrepreneurs and “upskilling” workers?

ALA applauds Lifeline program modernization to include broadband

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to update the Lifeline program to include broadband. Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings. The American Library Association has been a strong advocate for modernization of all Universal Service Fund programs to include affordable access to high-capacity broadband.

Locations Announced for American Library Association, National Foundation for Credit Counseling® Financial Education Workshops

Community-level access to customized financial education and counseling ready for Military and their Families

ALA, Benetech to discuss 3D printing and educational equity at SXSWedu 2016

Austin, TX – The American Library Association (ALA) is teaming up with Benetech, a Silicon Valley-based non-profit technology company, for a session at the 2016 SXSWedu conference to discuss ways in which the education community – including libraries, museums and schools – can leverage 3D printing to create learning opportunities for students with print and other disabilities.

New report looks to future of libraries building digitally inclusive communities

Washington, D.C. – A new report explores the ways in which libraries throughout the nation are leading the way in building digitally inclusive communities that support individual opportunity and community progress.

From glass half empty to glass half full: evaluating the current ebook environment

Washington, D.C. – Three years ago, major publishers refused to sell ebooks to libraries, no one knew how to download an ebook file, and the staffs of public libraries were hit with an unforeseen surge of patron interest in ebooks.  Now that the dust has settled and the ebook market has matured, where are we?   A distinguished panel of speakers will sort out that question as they describe how things have changed and what libraries can expect in the not so distant future during a panel presentation being held at the American Library Association (ALA

Policymakers: 3D printing in libraries advances education and entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. – Libraries are now the leading place where the public accesses 3D printers. Whether it’s to provide increased opportunities for children to experiment with new technologies or encourage new technology-based innovation in small business, policymakers should look to include libraries in their policies and programs.