Office for Information Technology Policy

1615 New Hampshire Ave NW
First Floor
Washington, DC  20009-2520

Phone: 202-628-8410
Fax: 202-628-8419

Mission

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.

News

E-rate & Broadband

  • ALA submits reply comments to FCC in response to its March 6th Public Notice on E-rate modernization.

  • ALA pushes for wider library access to high-capacity broadband, efficient deployment of program funds in comments responding to FCC's March 6th Public Notice on E-rate modernization.

Net Neutrality

  • ALA Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan releases statement reaffirming ALA’s strong commitment to equitable access to online information in response to FCC open internet NPRM.

Copyright

  • OITP offers introduction to Creative Commons 

  • Copyright term takes center stage at recent House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing. 

  • ALA, LCA praise second circuit ruling affirming fair use in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust.

  • House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, IP and the Internet holds field hearing on “first sale."

Digital Content

  • American Libraries magazine publishesDigital Discoveries,” a digital supplement developed by DCWG focusing on current trends in digital content and e-book lending.

Publications

oitp publicationsOITP 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.

People

OITP depends on a variety of consultants and committees as well as the staff to accomplish OITP Mission and goals.  OITP people index

 

Programs

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.

General Information

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