Open Access

Universal Access to Information Day!

Old-fashioned cheerleaders black and white

I discovered this morning that today is the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI). Who knew? Being the OITP Director for the Program for Public Access to information, you think someone would have given me a heads up. And because it’s the first IDUAI day, it wasn’t on my calendar like “Talk like a Pirate Day” (which is ... Read More »

ALA asks presidential candidates about broadband plans

U.S. White House with fall colors

Tonight, candidates for president Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face one another in the first presidential debate of this election in Hempstead, New York, at Hofstra University, moderated by NBC’s Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. The theme of tonight’s discussion will be “the direction of America, achieving prosperity, and securing America.” Both candidates have expressed that updating our country’s ... Read More »

FOIA reform unanimously passed by Senate faces final hurdle

Sunshine Week:  Your Right to Know!

It’s taken just over a year for the Senate to vote on S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act, but its unanimous approval yesterday is a wonderful way to celebrate Sunshine Week 2016! ALA and many other advocates’ attention will now be focused on clearing the final hurdles to marking FOIA’s 50th anniversary (fittingly on July 4th) with a White House ... Read More »

ALA President quotes Madison, Carnegie and Oprah! at FOI Day festivities

James Madison Award logo

With the approaching 50th anniversary (July 4, 1966) of the enactment of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), there was a spirit of festivity at the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day event today hosted by the Freedom Forum’s 1rst Amendment Center. While speaking to attendees about the American Library Association’s policy priorities, ALA President Sari Feldman said ALA ... Read More »

OpenGov Foundation’s Seamus Kraft recipient of 2016 James Madison Award

James Madison Award logo

(ALA) President Sari Feldman presented OpenGov Foundation Executive Director and Co-founder Seamus Kraft with the 2016 James Madison Award today during the 18th annual Freedom of Information Day hosted by the Freedom Forum’s First Amendment Center at the Newseum. “Seamus Kraft is an individual who has and continues to fight hard to protect and promote the public’s right to know, ... Read More »