WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Rettig sent a letter to President Obama yesterday, thanking him for his commitment to openness and transparency in government.
On January 28, the ALA Council passed a resolution commending the President for recognizing the importance of openness, transparency and accountability in government by signing an executive order on Presidential Records and Presidential Memoranda on the Freedom of Information Act and Transparency and Open Government on his first day in office.
The resolution also states that ALA looks forward to continuing to work with the Administration to advance public access and the public’s right to know.
Rettig’s letter states that librarians believe an informed citizenry is essential for a democratic form of government and access to government information is a public right, and libraries serve as important local points of access for government information.
The letter can be viewed here.
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