The American Library Association (ALA) today announces the opening of the application process for the prestigious 2016 Google Policy Fellowship program. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) began its participation in this program at the program’s founding in 2008.
For the summer of 2016, 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 selected fellow. Throughout the summer, Google’s Washington office will provide an educational program for all of the fellows, such as 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.
Johnna Percell, a 2015 master’s graduate of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, served as our 2015 Fellow. Our 2014 Fellow, Margaret Kavaras, currently serves as an OITP Research Associate and you can read about her recent exploits here.
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 March 25, 2016.