OITP Interviews & Guest Blogs

Interview: ALA’s Carrie Russell Talks About Copyright in the Classroom (School Library Journal 09/27/12)
SLJ talks to Carrie Russell, director of the American Library Association’s Program on Public Access to Information, about her book Complete Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators, a useful tool to help school librarians and teachers better understand copyright law. Read more....

Refresh Your View of E-rate (American Libraries 05/31/11)
One of the first questions I am asked when talking about this project is: How will it work? How can one set of benchmarks fit our diverse library community? In fact, this is one of the most challenging elements of this complex project – and for any similar national effort – because we know the benchmarks must be relevant to libraries and communities of all types and sizes.

Working a framework: benchmarks are a process. (TechSoup for Libraries 08/26/11)
One of the first questions I am asked when talking about this project is: How will it work? How can one set of benchmarks fit our diverse library community? In fact, this is one of the most challenging elements of this complex project – and for any similar national effort – because we know the benchmarks must be relevant to libraries and communities of all types and sizes. Read more....

Libraries Embrace Digital Literacy Role (National Coalition for Literacy 08/05/11)
What does it mean to be literate in the digital age?  How is the preponderance of online-only resources affecting how people find and use information?  What do libraries think about all this? Read more....

Why Librarians Should Care about the National Broadband Plan (American Libraries 06/01/10)
Broadband is the new national infrastructure. Just as electricity, telephones, and highways became essential in the 20th century, full participation in life in the 21st century depends on broadband. Librarians know all too well the consequences of having only modest connectivity—for instance, how a library’s network slows down midday after the school bell rings. The plan has great potential for increasing broadband capabilities for the library community. Read more....

American Library Association Wants Network Neutrality (Save the Internet 08/10/09)
At last month’s American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, I served on a Sunday morning panel presentation on the topic of Network Neutrality. On that day, there was no Network Neutrality legislation in Congress (like there is today, thanks to Reps. Markey and Eshoo). There was no flashy evening news piece on the topic, no rock stars on the Hill advocating for a free and open Internet. Yet 500 librarians showed up on a spectacular Chicago summer morning to hear Cliff Lynch, Greg Jackson and me talk about Network Neutrality. Read more....

Interview With OITP Director Alan Inouye (01/21/09)
With our January issue of Library Technology Reports focusing on funding your technology in a tough economy, I figured it would make sense to broaden my perspective on the issue by talking some additional experts. Over the past couple of months, I had the pleasure of conducting an online interview with Alan Inouye, Director of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy, which serves the associations voice in IT Policy discussions. Read more....

Libraries: Connecting the ‘Have Nots’ (Internet for Everyone 01/02/09)
The work of InternetforEveryone.org in promoting widespread broadband infrastructure development is essential to support public access to information in our rapidly changing world. Internet users want to communicate, learn, consume, and create online. Increasingly, users need to be able to interact effectively in this medium, as our government asks us to utilize e-government services and employers require us to fill out job applications online. Read more....