The Role of Public Libraries in Improving Local Open Government Ecosystems


Publications & Results

Press Releases & News Stories

Advisory Committee

Funding Sources

Related Websites

Contact Information

CTG will bring together thought leaders from academia, government, and private and non-profit organizations through a national forum to explore the future role of public libraries as integral partners in local open government initiatives within the context of a community information ecosystem. CTG will work with an Advisory Committee of representatives from public libraries, local governments, and open government experts to develop an initial concept paper on the roles that public libraries can play in local open government ecosystems.

Publications & Results
Reports and Working Papers (1)
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Enabling Open Government for All: A Road Map for Public Libraries
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 >Download PDF
This report presents the results of a year-long partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and public library and open government experts. The project focused on responding to a growing question about how efforts to open government are influencing, and possibly changing, the role of public libraries in their communities. The report offers six recommendations about leveraging past practices and ensuring a future role for public libraries in the expanding open government agenda emerged from the research and expert meetings. In addition, the report provides two resources to support these recommendations and to help public libraries get started in building their open government agenda.

Press Releases & News Stories
Press Releases

UAlbany Research Center Receives Federal Funding
Fri, 06 Oct 2017

CTG Director is the 1st Woman Selected to Lead Jury in Middle East
Mon, 24 Oct 2016

CTG, Albany Law Collaborate on Issue of Urban Blight
Wed, 11 May 2016

UAlbany Center for Technology in Government and City of Schenectady Join MetroLab Network
Tue, 03 May 2016

CTG Completes Project with NYS Office of Children & Family Services to Help Improve Foster Care
Wed, 02 Dec 2015

CTG Launches Project to Help Open Government, Enhance Shared Service
Tue, 17 Nov 2015

UAlbany's CTG is Lead Partner in Increasing Capability of Government Leaders in Egypt
Wed, 27 May 2015

Four Cities Kick Off Effort to Combat Urban Blight with New York Department of State Local Government Efficiency Grant
Wed, 13 May 2015

Center for Technology in Government at UAlbany Collaborates with Microsoft on School of Government Program in Africa
Thu, 29 Jan 2015

Center for Technology in Government publishes Enabling Open Government for All: A Roadmap for Public Libraries
Wed, 08 Jan 2015

Center for Technology in Government Launches Online Forum to Gather Feedback on the Role Of Public Libraries in Supporting Opening Government
Wed, 02 Apr 2014

University at Albany and Albany Law School Host Workshop to Address Information Sharing and Coordination Challenges in Financial Market Regulation
Wed, 13 Nov 2013

UAlbany Center for Technology in Government Receives Federal Grant to Explore the Role of Public Libraries in Open Government
Thu, 28 Aug 2013

News Stories

Albany pursuing wireless internet for all
Times Union
September 05, 2017

Does the IRS have a cloud strategy?
Federal Computer Week
August 21, 2017

Evaluating Government’s Cyber Risk Through A Legal Lens
Smart & Resilient Cities
August 17, 2017

Many county websites have big gaps in online information
Democrat & Chronicle, Part of the USA Today Network
March 12, 2017

We, the people (online): e-democracy and the future of government and governance
February 22, 2017

Smart Cities, Smart Streets: IoT to the Rescue
Coffee Break with Game Changers
November 9, 2016

Assessing Shared IT Services Today
December 21, 2016

Mind the Gap: 3 Internet of Things Challenges for Local Government
October 17, 2016

White House plans to help with smart city projects
October 2, 2016

Saratoga Springs can get ‘smart’ under new plan
The Saratogian
July 14, 2016

Schenectady, UAlbany center join MetroLab network
Daily Gazette
May 4, 2016

Urban blight discussion held at UAlbany
CBS6 Albany
April 19, 2016

PennDOT Works on Updating Payment System at License Centers
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 19, 2015

Can Yelp Help Government Win Back the Public's Trust?
September 09, 2015

Cities Team Up to Fight Blight
The Daily Gazette
May 15, 2015

A Demand-side Open Government Planning Model for Public Libraries
UpNext: The IMLS Blog
January 9, 2015

The New And Improved Public Library
January 28, 2015

Libraries’ role in open government to be explored
Schenectady Daily Gazette
August 31, 2013

UAlbany to discuss public libraries’ roles in government transparency
American City and County
September 4, 2013

Center for Technology in Government Will Use Federal Laura Bush Grant to Explore Public Libraries' Role in Open Government
University at Albany
August 28, 2013

IMLS Announces Grant for National Forum on the Role of Public Libraries in Local Open Government
Institute of Museum and Library Services
August 28, 2013

Advisory Committee


Tom Lee
Director of Sunlight Labs, Sunlight Foundation
Mr. Lee is director of Sunlight Labs, an open source community of thousands dedicated to using technology to transform government. They focus on transparency-the idea that government can be more effective, more honest, and more accountable when it makes data about its process, operations, and influences available to the public. Their work revolves around opening up government data of all forms.

Chrystie Hill
Community Relations Director, OCLC
Ms. Hill is a librarian, writer, and consultant on technology and community building. Ms. Hill has experience with hundreds of libraries and dozens of library organizations making her fluent in the issues related to community building through libraries.

Homa Naficy
Chief Adult Learning Officer, Hartford Public Library
Ms. Naficy joined the Hartford Public Library in 2000 where she designed and directed a program for Hartford’s immigrants and refugees called The American Place. As a representative from the Hartford Public Library, she recognizes the needs, interests, and capabilities of public libraries.

Jamie LaRue
Director, Douglas County Libraries
Mr. LaRue has been the Director of the Douglas County Libraries since 1990 and has gained experience throughout his career in public libraries. In his published book, The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, he advocates assuming a proactive role in every library function from collection to community outreach.

Barbara Macikas
Executive Director, Public Library Association
Ms. Macikas brings to the committee extensive association management and leadership experience having served as the Executive Director of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of the ALA.

Christopher (Cal) Lee
Associate Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Lee teaches archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections and acquisition of digital data from physical media. His interest in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods (e.g., digital forensics, web archiving, and automated implementation of policies) into professional practice brings a unique aspect to the committee within the field of digital curation practices.

John Carlo Bertot
Professor and Co-director, the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) in the University of Maryland College Park iSchool
Dr. Bertot currently serves as President-elect of the Digital Government Society of North America (DGSNA), chair of the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) Library Performance Indicator working group, serves as a member of the National Information Standards Organization’s (NISO) Business Information Topic committee and currently serves on the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics and E-government Services Subcommittee.

Vailey Oehlke
Director of Libraries, Multnomah County Library
Appointed to her role of Director in 2009, Ms. Oehlke is an active member of the American Library Association’s Digital Content Working Group, serves on the Executive Boards for the Public Library Association and the Urban Libraries Council and the Oregon Library Association.

Philip Eppard
Chair of the Information Studies Department, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany
As a University at Albany faculty member since 1988, Dr. Eppard has worked to develop a specialization in archives and records administration at the University. His research, experience and leadership in archives, preservation management, rare books, contemporary publishing and the history of recorded information have helped build ties amongst the University and the library and preservation community.

Funding Sources
The Forum is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through a 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) grant.

Related Websites

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Contact Information
Center for Technology in Government
University at Albany, SUNY
187 Wolf Road, Suite 301
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 442-3892 (phone)
(518) 442-3886 (fax)
Brian Burke
Senior Program Associate
(518) 442-3895 (Phone)
(518) 442-3886 (Fax)