Published on October 17, 2008
ALA Washington Ofﬁce Update LITA National Forum, October 2008 Carrie Lowe, Director, OITP Program on Networks Timothy Vollmer, OITP IT Policy Analyst 1
What goes on in Washington? 2
ALA Washington Ofﬁce http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/ofﬁces/wo/ http://ala.org/oitp http://ala.org/ogr 3
Presentation Outline •OITP Update •OGR Update •Future Activities •Get Involved •Discussion 4
Presentation Outline •OITP update •OGR update •Future Activities •Get Involved •Discussion 5
What does OITP do? •Researches and analyzes the implications of IT and IT policy for libraries and users •Educates the ALA community on information policy issues •Advocates for ALA’s information policy (but not lobbying) •Strategizes by looking at implication of technological trends 6
What does OITP really do? •Writes issue briefs, policy papers, articles, books on library and technology issues •Participates in Washington-based coalitions, working groups, government hearings, policy events •Conducts library connectivity research, E-rate training •Submits comments to FCC, LOC, etc. on behalf of ALA •Organizes copyright education and outreach 9
OITP Structure •Program on Networks •Program on Public Access to Information •Program on America’s Libraries in the 21st Century •Program on OITP Fellows 14
Activities -- Program on Networks Regional Library Cooperatives and the Future of Broadband http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/ofﬁces/oitp/2008_OITP%20RLCs%20Repor.pdf 15
Activities -- Program on Networks •Comcast & net neutrality •redeﬁnition of broadband •broadband data collection •eligible services list 16
Activities -- Program on Networks E-rate training 17
Activities -- Public Access to Information New Copyright Book Mobile devices & copyright 18
Activities -- Public Access to Information Annual Conference Copyright Programming 19
Activities -- Public Access to Information CopyNight 20
Activities -- Public Access to Information © Copyright Advisory Network American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy [ A community of librarians, copyright scholars, policy wonks. Join us. ] Forums: Resources: Blog: Fair use? presentations judicial news Licensing? legislation current events E-reserves? court cases policy analysis Section 108? articles emerging issues Public domain? websites tech & libraries Policy questions? primers recent legislation Public performance? books digitization updates http://librarycopyright.net/ ALA OITP 6/08 Copyright Advisory Network & Scholars 21
Activities -- Public Access to Information http://www.librarycopyright.net/digitalslider/ Copyright Slider 22
Activities -- Public Access to Information Beta--Section 108 Spinner Tool 23
Activities -- Public Access to Information Beta--Fair Use Evaluator Tool 24
Activities -- Public Access to Information International Copyright Traditional Cultural Advocates Expression Investigation 25
Activities -- America’s Libraries in the 21st Century 26
Activities -- America’s Libraries in the 21st Century Kickoff session at Annual 2008 http://blip.tv/ﬁle/1048651/ 27
Activities -- OITP Fellows R. David Lankes Roger Levien 28
Presentation Outline •OITP update •OGR update •Future Activities •Get Involved •Discussion 29
What does OGR do? •informs government of the needs and concerns of the library community •provides library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals •builds coalitions with Washington-based groups with similar concerns •develops grassroots networks to lobby legislators and further library interests 30
What does OGR really do? •Lobbying (not a dirty word!) •Member advocacy - webinars, podcasts, training, grassroots efforts •Coalition participation •National Library Legislative Day •Legislative Action Center •Congressional testimony •Works with COL to develop policy positions and lobbying strategies 31
Collaboration in Action 34
Sample of 110th Congress Involvement •S. 1492: Broadband Data Improvement Act •S. 2913: Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act •S. 3325: PRO-IP Act •S 2977: Free Speech Protection Act •H.R. 6845: Fair Copyright in Research Works Act •H.R. 6304: FISA Amendments Act http://www.govtrack.us/ http://www.opencongress.org/ 35
Presentation Outline •OITP update •OGR update •Future Activities •Get Involved •Discussion 36
Future Activities •New administration brieﬁng •Library emergency funding •Continued connectivity work •Universal Service Fund reform 37
Presentation Outline •OITP update •OGR update •Future Activities •Get Involved •Discussion 39
How? •Sign up for District Dispatch •Attend NLLD (even virtually) •Respond to Action Alerts •Visit Legislative Action Center •Participate in OITP subcommittees •Contribute to Copyright Advisory Network •Follow policy websites, blogs, and twitter •Alert us - you are eyes and ears for library technology and policy on the ground! 40
Carrie Lowe: email@example.com Timothy Vollmer: firstname.lastname@example.org Washington Ofﬁce: (202)-628-8410 ala.org/oitp ala.org/ogr wo.ala.org/districtdispatch librarycopyright.net 41
Presentation Outline •OITP update •OGR update •Future Activities •Get Involved •Discussion 42
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