ALA Sends Letter of Thanks to President Obama for Commitment to Openness and Transparency in Government

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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3 comments

  1. If transparency is so important to this administration then what was the deal with the stimulus package? Pushed through in the secrecy of night and then not letting Americans review and/or respond to such an important commitment?

    This clearly contradicts Obama’s executive order on Presidential Records and Presidential Memoranda on the Freedom of Information Act and Transparency and Open Government.

    On top of that, it appears that most (if not all) members of Congress voted to approve this stimulus plan without ever having read it. This is mind-boggling! As librarians we must realize the importance of making informed decisions and should expect nothing less from our elected officials.

  2. I agree with d3enj. Action, not talk, is what matters.

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