Libraries And Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations


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"Libraries And Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations" - Timothy Vollmer from the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy; LITA National Forum, 2009. Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Libraries And Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations

  1. 1. Libraries and Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations LITA National Forum October 2009 Timothy Vollmer, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy 1 Friday, October 2, 2009
  2. 2. ALA Washington Office 2 Friday, October 2, 2009
  3. 3. What goes on in Washington? 3 Friday, October 2, 2009
  4. 4. 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 4 Friday, October 2, 2009
  5. 5. What does OGR do? •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 5 Friday, October 2, 2009
  6. 6. OITP Updates •Google Book Settlement •BTOP •“Fiber to the Library” •Opportunity Online Broadband Project •Network Neutrality •Copyright Activities •Future of Libraries 6 Friday, October 2, 2009
  7. 7. OGR Updates •USA PATRIOT Act •FRPAA •Orphan Works •CPSIA •Health Care •LSTA 7 Friday, October 2, 2009
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  9. 9. The mobile revolution is already in progress •computing power UP; size down •ubiquitous connectivity •“always-on” mobile cycle •pervasiveness of digital content •mobile as new mindset 9 Friday, October 2, 2009
  10. 10. Libraries and Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations •digital copyright and content licensing •digital rights management •privacy •accessibility 10 Friday, October 2, 2009
  11. 11. Mobile projects already in action •eBook checkout •Digital textbooks •Mobile reference •Mobile catalog •Third party multimedia download 11 Friday, October 2, 2009
  12. 12. Where do we begin? •exercise our rights under the law •look toward library values and existing frameworks 12 Friday, October 2, 2009
  13. 13. Digital Copyright and Content Licensing •first sale doctrine •ownership vs. access •reliance on vendors •artificial walls around content •control, preservation, long term access Original: Remix: •chilling effects on incumbent rights 13 Friday, October 2, 2009
  14. 14. Digital Rights Management •DRM as control mechanism •non-interoperability good for business, bad for consumers •consumer protection •ALA Principles for Digital Content •FTC on DRM •clarify business practices •Bittorrent doesn’t have DRM 14 Friday, October 2, 2009
  15. 15. Privacy •mobile environment creates novel concerns •location awareness •role and limit of advertising •user notice and consent •freedom of inquiry •support UGC community •empower youth, carefully 15 Friday, October 2, 2009
  16. 16. Accessibility •Kindle and text-to-speech •screen quality •mobile app and web standards •“Reader’s Bill of Rights” 16 Friday, October 2, 2009
  17. 17. Where do we go from here? •encourage innovation, experimentation •look to our strong library values, traditions •empower users •libraries remain engaged with technology and policy communities 17 Friday, October 2, 2009
  18. 18. ALA OITP @oitp 18 Friday, October 2, 2009
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