Office for Information Technology Policy

ALA welcomes White House call for increased E-rate funding for libraries and schools

WASHIINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED initiative to connect America’s students to high-capacity broadband and high-speed wireless:

New American Libraries supplement examines future of ebook lending

Washington, D.C.—Leading library practitioners and experts discuss promises and “Faustian bargains” of ebooks in the new American Libraries digital supplement Digital Content: What’s Next?

Library advocates tell legislators to protect library funding

Hundreds Gather in D.C. for 39th Annual National Library Legislative Day

Washington, D.C.— More than 350 librarians and library supporters from across the country converged in Washington, D.C. from May 7–8, 2013, to meet with members of Congress to discuss key library issues during the American Library Association’s 39th annual National Library Legislative Day. The event focused on supporting federal funding for national libraries.

American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Thursday, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program.

American Library Association highlights library and community impacts from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program in new report

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Thursday, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released “U.S. Public Libraries and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program,” a new report that details U.S. library engagement with the federal program.

Simon & Schuster launches ebook pilot program

In a statement released today, Simon & Schuster announced the launch of a one-year ebook pilot program with three New York library systems. In response to the news, American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement:

Susan Crawford to anchor the Washington Update at ALA Annual Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Crawford, telecommunications policy expert and former White House official, will share insights about national technology policy and implications for the library community at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference. Crawford will address conference attendees during the Washington Update session from 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013, in the McCormick Place convention center.

Best-selling author to host copyright workshop for educators and school librarians

WASHINGTON, D.C.—To help school librarians and educators better understand copyright law, author Carrie Russell will host the workshop “Copyright for K-12 Librarians and Educators” on April 11, 2013. Russell is also the director of the American Library Association’s Program on Public Access to Information.

First Report on “BTOP and U.S. Public Libraries” Shares Community Impacts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy released the first national report detailing U.S. library engagement with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The preliminary report highlights statewide library BTOP projects and improvements they have made to public access technology resources, digital literacy and workforce development.

ALA releases e-book license scorecard

Washington, DC – As the e-book environment continues to evolve and libraries are presented with a wide range of licensing conditions by publishers and vendors, it can be challenging for libraries to determine which ebook business models offer the best terms.

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