What does OITP do?
•Researches and analyzes the implications of IT
and IT policy for libraries and users
•Educates the ALA community on information
•Advocates for ALA’s information policy (but not
•Strategizes by looking at implication of
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
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
What does OGR really do?
•Lobbying (not a dirty word!)
•Member advocacy - webinars, podcasts,
training, grassroots efforts
•National Library Legislative Day
•Legislative Action Center
•Works with COL to develop policy positions
and lobbying strategies
•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!