Fellowship Location: Washington, DC
The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit educational organization of over 65,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated
to improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society.
Conducting research and analysis aimed at understanding
the implications of information technology and policies for libraries and library users,
ALA community about the implications of information policy, law, and regulation for libraries and library users,
information policy interests in non-legislative government policy forums, and
Engaging in strategic outlook to anticipate technological
change, particularly as it presents policy challenges to libraries and library users.
In coordination with OITP, its sister office, the Office of Government Relations (OGR) works to insure that libraries are consistently involved in the legislative
and policy decision-making processes by:
informing government of the needs and concerns of the library community;
providing library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals;
building coalitions with Washington-based representatives of other groups with similar concerns; and
developing grassroots networks to lobby legislators and further library interests.
Fellowship Focus Areas:
Program on Public Access to Information: Includes our diverse portfolio on digital copyright that includes international advocacy, E-government issues,
digital archiving and preservation, open access, and other topics related to how the public accesses information in a digital society.
Program on Networks: Two core issues are library connectivity (how to improve broadband access to libraries, especially those in rural or low income
areas) and universal service (in particular, the E-rate program that provides significant funding for telecommunications services in libraries). This program covers the large diversity of policy issues related to networks and libraries such as network neutrality,
DTV transition, FISA, Internet privacy, cloud computingInternet filtering, and more.
Program on the Future of Libraries: Investigates the implications of the increasing influence of digital information, networks, and the Web on the
role and functions of libraries of all types.
Many of OGR’s issues are included in the taxonomy above, but OGR also engages in other issues such as advocating and lobbying for federal appropriations on behalf
of the library community.
For more information visit:
Devendra Dilip Potnis, PhD, MPA, MS
School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
Suite 442 Communications Bldg., 1345 Circle Park
Knoxville, TN - 37996