What the heck is ‘information policy’ anyways?

People often ask, “so…what kind of stuff does the information policy committee do?”   I still stumble through an answer.

Um…the IPC is a British Columbia Library Association committee that is concerned with all kinds of um…information policy issues, like copyright, access to information, open access scholarship, intellectual property, privacy, RFID, open source software, trade treaties, net neutrality and media democracy.

Many people have said that they feel intimidated to get involved because while they are interested in some of these issues, they feel like they don’t know a whole lot about any of these issues.   And we use a lot of acronyms.   If you are interested, please get in touch with Jeff Davis at jeffd@eln.bc.ca.   We would like you to get involved, speak up on the listserv, come to a meeting, a salon, or the upcoming conference.

And if someone’s throwing around acronyms you don’t understand, ask them to explain.   Chances are there are other folks who have no idea what the jargon means either.   I will try to curb my use of TLAs.

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