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Freedom of Information Day

by Jenny Groom on 2017-03-17T11:50:49-06:00

Freedom of Information (FOI) Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government.

The American Library Association Washington Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 James Madison Award is Senator Jon Tester of Montana. The award was presented by ALA Past President Sari Feldman in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 15.

Madison Awards

Each year, the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award are presented by the American Library Association on Freedom of Information Day to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.

  • James Madison Award – The award named for President James Madison was established in 1986 and is presented annually on the anniversary of his birth. That award is designed to celebrate an individual or group that has brought awareness to these issues at the national level.
  • Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award – The award named for Eileen Cooke, former director of the ALA’s Washington Office, honors an extraordinary leader who has built local grassroots awareness of the importance of access to information. Cooke herself was a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many librarians and trustees.

Source: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/federallegislation/govinfo/opengov/freedomofinfo


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