Open Access

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 »

News to watch: Net Neutrality oral arguments on December 4

FCC Building in Washington, D.C.

In what has become something of a well-traveled rut, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be back at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit on Friday, December 4, to make its case on behalf of the Open Internet. The FCC will defend the Order it approved in February, which the ALA and a host of library and higher ... Read More »

Candidates should focus on community anchors

Libraries serve everyone in the community, photo courtesy of Cherry Hill Public Library

Libraries: The quintessential community organization in the digital age Given the critical role of local communities to our nation’s economic strength, ALA’s Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), is urging the presidential candidates to make communities, and specifically libraries in their role as community anchors, a central part of the candidates’ campaign conversations. Libraries are ... Read More »