Office for Information Technology Policy

ALA: FCC should expand Lifeline to include essential broadband service

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took the first step forward in modernizing the Lifeline program, which supports telephone service for low-income Americans.

ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction of the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) by Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Tom Marino (R-PA):
“For more than 20 years, content creators, rights holders, legislators and public users alike have acknowledged that the U.S. Copyright Office needs to modernize its technological capabilities for the 21st century.

New American Libraries supplement finds libraries on the offense in the digital revolution

Washington, D.C.—Moving ahead is the overarching theme of the new digital supplement Digital Futures from American Libraries magazine.

Policy leaders to discuss information equity in a networked world at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—As merger deals and network neutrality challenges continue to flare, Americans’ freedom of speech and right to know are threatened by unavailable, unaffordable or otherwise unequal access to the internet and bottlenecks in the system. Librarians have an essential role to play in preserving and advancing information equity in the networked world. Join advocates and regulators from California’s front lines of this battle for a crash course in the internet issues that increasingly determine our nation’s access to information and innovation.

Experts to discuss policy strategies that yield dollars for libraries at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—The revolution in libraries creates many new opportunities for serving communities and campuses. But those in power—decision makers and influencers—often do not understand these new roles and possibilities for libraries. And without this understanding, the needed funding and other forms of support are not likely to flow. What can library leaders do to accelerate this understanding for the benefit of all?

Ramp up negotiation skills to advance library agenda

SAN FRANCISCO—From the boardroom to City Hall, powerful negotiation skills make a big difference in advancing library goals. Power up your ability to persuade at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference interactive session “The Policy Revolution! Negotiating to Advocacy Success!” 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The session will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2016 of the West building.

Internet Archive founders to discuss future of digital preservation at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—The Internet Archive started by archiving the Web, but now works with hundreds of librarians and partners to create digital collections both centralized and distributed. Join Internet Archive founder and digital librarian Brewster Kahle at this year’s 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference when he discusses the challenges of presenting modern materials for each media type. The interactive session, titled “Building Libraries Together,” takes place from 10:30 to 11:30a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015, in San Francisco.

Experts to discuss library digital content reading habits at 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—Join a panel of Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and American Library Association (ALA) leaders at this year’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco when they discuss the results of a newly-released study on public library patrons’ use of digital content.

Education experts to discuss library hacker spaces at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

SAN FRANCISCO—How can libraries ensure that learners of all ages stay curious, develop their passions, immerse themselves in learning? Learn about developing library learning spaces at this year’s 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. The interactive session, “Hacking the Culture of Learning in the Library,” takes place from 1:00–2:00p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The session will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2018 of the West building.