[Libs-Or] ALA Washington Office seeks nominations for 2009 Madison awards

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 12:13:47 PST 2009

ALA Washington Office seeks nominations for 2009 Madison awards
November 12th, 2009 | Category: Government
OGR <http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?cat=17>

Contact: Jenni Terry
Press Officer <jterry at alawash.org>
ALA Washington Office
<jterry at alawash.org>

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2009

*WASHINGTON, D.C.* – The American Library Association (ALA) Washington
Office is calling for nominations for two awards to honor individuals or
groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to
government information and the public’s right to know.

The James Madison Award, named in honor of President James Madison, was
established in 1986 to celebrate an individual or group who has brought
awareness to these issues at the *national level*.  Madison is widely
regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for
openness in government.

The Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award honors an extraordinary leader
who has built *local* grassroots awareness of the importance of access to
information. Cooke, former director of the ALA Washington Office, was a
tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many
librarians and trustees.

Both awards are presented during Freedom of Information (FOI) Day, an annual
event on or near March 16, Madison’s birthday.

Nominations should be submitted to the ALA Washington Office no later than
February 6, 2010.  Submissions should include a statement (maximum one page)
about the nominee’s contribution to public access to government information
and why it merits the award and one seconding letter. Please include a brief
biography and contact information for the nominee.

Send e-mail nominations to Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director for the ALA
Office of Government Relations, at jmcgilvray at alawash.org. Submissions can
also be mailed to:

James Madison Award / Eileen Cooke Award
American Library Association
Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-2520

More information on the award, including a list of previous winners, can be
found here<http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/washevents/freedomofinfo/freedominformation.cfm>


Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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