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ALA invites nominations for 2018 Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award

Eileen D. Cooke 1972
Portrait of Eileen Cooke, Director of the Washington Office (1972-1993). Photo courtesy of the American Library Association Archives.

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office invites nominations for its Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who has championed, protected, or promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the state or local level.

The award is named in honor of Eileen Cooke, director of ALA’s Washington Office from 1972 through 1993. Cooke was a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many librarians and trustees.

The Cooke Award is the state & local counterpart of ALA’s James Madison Award. Nominations for that award are also open.

ALA will present the awards during or near Sunshine Week, the week that includes March 16, Madison’s birthday. Please submit nominations for either award to the ALA Washington Office, care of Gavin Baker, no later than January 19, 2018.

Please include a brief statement (maximum one page) about the nominee’s contribution to public access to government information. If possible, please also include a brief biography and contact information for the nominee.

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Gavin Baker

Gavin Baker is an assistant director of Government Relations. He advocates for library priorities on government information and transparency issues. Previously, he worked at California Common Cause, the Center for Effective Government / OMB Watch and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Gavin earned his M.S. in library and information studies from Florida State University and his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida.

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