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The American Library Association today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,” a new educational campaign that will explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer adoption by libraries.
The advent of the digital age does not, of course, negate important forms of intellectual endeavor such as poetry, but does raise questions about how these forms of traditional communication extend online. And for the American Library Association, there are further questions about how libraries may best participate in this extension. Then there is the question of how to convey such library possibilities to decision makers and influencers.
-Alan Inouye, director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
"We as librarians have worked very hard to establish ourselves as digital leaders in our communities, but the needs are increasing," says Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association, which conducted the study with the University of Maryland’s Information Policy & Access Center. "We need to continue to do more to connect poor communities — and connect them at the speeds that they need."
Last Thursday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing to gather information about the work of the U.S. Copyright Office and to learn about the challenges the Office faces in trying to fulfill its many responsibilities. Testifying before the Committee was Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights and Director of the Copyright Office. Pallante gave a thorough overview of the Office’s administrative, public policy and regulatory functions, and highlighted a number of ways in which the Office’s structure and position within the federal bureaucracy create inefficiencies in its day-to-day operations. Pallante described these inefficiencies as symptoms of a larger problem: The 1976 Copyright Act vested the Office with the resources and authority it needed to thrive in an analog world, but it failed to anticipate the new needs the Office would develop in adjusting to a digital world.