The American Library Association (ALA) announced the opening of the application process for the prestigious Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) was a founding participant of the program back in 2008.
For the summer of 2017, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA policy office in Washington, D.C., to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the fellow. Throughout the summer, Google’s Washington office will provide an educational program for all the fellows, including lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff.
The fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that may include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband deployment, online privacy, telecommunications policy (including e-rate and network neutrality), digital divide, open access to information, free expression, digital literacy, the future of libraries generally and many other topics. Refer to the National Policy Agenda for Libraries for an overview of current priorities.
Nick Gross was our 2016 Google Policy Fellow. He completed research on telecommunications and copyright policy to help us prepare for the incoming President and Congress in 2017.
Further information about the program, host organizations and the application process is available at the Google Public Policy Fellowship website. ALA encourages all interested graduate students to apply and, of course, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs. Applications are due by Friday, March 24, 2017.