My name is Andrew White. I am currently working on my MLIS at the Pratt
Institute in New York City, with an emphasis on the impending redefinition
of copyright in the new era of appropriation. I received a BA in
photography from the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM.
In the time between my two school careers, I lived in Seattle, WA, where I bore witness to both the embrace and expansion of the public library system, and the decline and fall of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a long-running and well-regarded daily newspaper. In Seattle I served one year with the Washington Reading Corps, an Americorps-funded program. Assigned to an "underperforming" local elementary school, I worked to involve parents and the greater community in approaching literacy issues from different perspectives, and also worked one-on-one with struggling readers in the school. Also in Seattle, I volunteered regularly with Left Bank Books' 'Books to Prisoners' program, which solicits requests for books from incarcerated individuals all over the country. Upon receiving a request letter from a prisoner, a small number of books are selected according to their needs and mailed, free of charge, directly to them.
I hope to combine these separate but overlapping areas of interest to bring a new media sensibility to a non-profit or public institution, or wherever resistance to Digital Rights Management can most effectively be mounted to ensure open access to information in the future.