Author Archives: Jessica McGilvray

GPO is now the Government Publishing Office

The GPO Building

In addition to funding the federal government, H.R. 83, the appropriations bill that was signed into law last night by President Obama, officially changes the name of the federal agency that helps to ensure a more transparent government. Language in section 1301 renames the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office and while the agency will still retain its ... Read More »

No luck on FOIA this Congress

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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (S. 2520) bill has been on a roller coaster the last few weeks! We were hopeful. Then thought it wasn’t possible. Then the law, which would give private citizens greater access to government information, passed the Senate and hope was revived. But no, sadly attempted FOIA reform is now reliably reported over and done ... Read More »

Reminder: Free webinar on Ebola for librarians

Ebola

Reminder: On Friday, December 12, 2014, library leaders from the U.S. National Library of Medicine will host the free webinar “Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: The Latest Information from the National Library of Medicine.” As a follow-up to the webinar they presented in October, librarians from the U.S. National Library of Medicine will be discussing how to provide effective services ... Read More »

ALA seeks nominations for 2015 James Madison awards

Madison Award Awardee Patrice McDermott

The American Library Association’s (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 ... Read More »

Archive webinar available: Giving legal advice to patrons

Men carrying briefcases

An archive of the free webinar “Lib2Gov.org: Connecting Patrons with Legal Information” is now available. Hosted jointly by the American Library Association (ALA) and iPAC, the webinar was designed to help library reference staff build confidence in responding to legal inquiries. Watch the webinar The session offers information on laws, legal resources and legal reference practices. Participants will learn how ... Read More »