History

  • OITP is founded in June of 1995 with a unique charge to advance ALA’s public policy activities and Andrew Magpantay at the helm.

  • Rick Weingarten takes over as director in 1998.

  • OITP sponsors the Copyright Advisory Network in 2004.

  • OITP releases Complete Copyright: An Everyday Guide for Librarians by Carrie Russell in 2004.

  • July 2007 Rick W. Weingarten retires as Director of OITP.

  • August 2007 Alan Inouye becomes the new Director of OITP.

  • OITP is re-organized into four major areas in 2008: Program on Networks, Program on Public Access to Information, Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century, and the OITP Fellows Program.

  • November 2008, OITP receives a grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the the Broadband Strategy Advisor Project.

  • In 2009, a major OITP focus is on broadband. OITP advocated strongly for libraries to be included prominently in the broadband funding programs specified in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the National Broadband Plan.

  • OITP creates a new policy brief series in 2009.  “Fiber to the Library,” authored by John Windhausen, Jr. and Marijke Visser, is published as Policy Brief No. 1 in September 2009.