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And the James Madison and the Eileen Cooke Awards go to…

The American Library Association is looking forward to announcing the winners of the 2018 James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke Award next week. The award will be presented by ALA President Jim Neal in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 9. Even if you can’t join us in Washington, you will be able to watch the program wherever you have an internet connection! The event will be streamed live from the Knight TV Studio in the Newseum at

The James Madison Award is presented annually near the anniversary of President Madison’s birth. The award honors individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.

The Eileen Cooke Award, named for the former director of the ALA Washington Office, honors state or local individuals, groups, or other entities that have championed access to government information and the public’s right to know. Cooke herself was a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many librarians and trustees.

This year’s award will be presented on the Friday before Sunshine Week, the annual nationwide celebration of open access to public information and what it means for communities across the country, as part of an event sponsored by our partners: the Project On Government Oversight, the Newseum Institute, the American Society of News Editors, and Before the award ceremony, a panel discussion on “Fighting for Transparency & Freedom of Information” will discuss how advocates fight for access to government data and how their work helps to hold the government accountable.

You are invited to celebrate the free flow of information with us. Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to join us in person.

WHAT: 2018 James Madison Award presentation

WHEN: Friday, March 9, 2018 12 p.m.

WHERE: Knight TV Studio, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001


The program will be live streamed at 12 p.m. EST, March 9, at

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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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