Office for Information Technology Policy
1615 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009-2520
The Office for Information Technology Policy advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public.
E-rate & Broadband
- ALA urges support for broadband access for low-income persons in comments to FCC on Lifeline modernization.
ALA engages national initiative to support broadband opportunity for public housing residents.
- ALA, other library organizations write letter urging collaboration and planning to ensure broadband gains for libraries through E-rate reform.
ALA releases "Broadband Quality in Public Libraries" supplement report to Digital Inclusion Survey.
- ALA creates "Got E-rate?" resource to help libraries take advantage of new E-rate reforms.
ALA releases summary of December 2014 FCC E-rate order.
- ALA releases summary of July 2014 FCC E-rate order.
OITP is partner in release of new data from Digital Inclusion Survey.
- Presidents of ALA, ACRL write net neutrality column entitled, "The Bandwidth Battle" in April 2015 edition of Currents Magazine.
ALA, ACRL encouraged by Eleventh Circuit Court "fair use" decision in Georgia State University case.
OITP offers introduction to Creative Commons
Copyright term takes center stage at recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing.
House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, IP and the Internet holds field hearing on “first sale."
- Read an Executive Brief of ALA's National Policy Agenda for libraries.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation prepares Foreword to National Policy Agenda for Libraries.
- Check out Policy Revolution! programs at the ALA Annual Conference.
- Library policy experts discuss Policy Revolution! initiative at 2015 ALA Midwinter Conference.
- ALA releases draf ft public policy agenda for library community, asks for feedback.
ALA releases draft "Trends Report: Snapshots of a Turbulent World," to stimulate discussion about a national policy agenda for the library community.
- Article in Christian Science Monitor highlights library community's 3D printing leadership, features OITP's work.
- OITP releases report exploring policy implises, cations of 3D printing.
OITP, PLA, United for Libraries release tip sheet for library professionals on 3D printing and public policy.
OITP produces and disseminates publications to inform and engage national policy makers, the library community, and other relevant communities. These publications address the range of OITP issues that includes copyright, public and open access to information, library connectivity, telecommunications policy, privacy, and the future of libraries.
OITP’s work focuses on three areas: public access to information, network and connectivity issues, and the role of America's libraries in the 21st century. In addition to these three areas of expertise, OITP maintains a Fellows Program in order to hear from experts in related fields and stay abreast of cutting edge issues facing libraries today.