Tag Archives: James Madison Award

Release of Kennedy records is one small step for transparency

The front of the national archives building

On Oct. 26, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publicly released thousands of records regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. However, thousands of additional records were withheld from the public pending further review. The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act required federal agencies to provide all records related to the assassination to NARA. The law ... Read More »

Look Back, Move Forward: Freedom of Information Day

Senator Tester for accepting the James Madison Award, given to those who have protected public access to gov information.

At the tail end of this year’s #SunshineWeek, let’s take a quick moment to #FlashbackFriday (or should we say #FOIAFriday?) to 29 years ago yesterday, when the American Library Association began celebrating Freedom of Information Day. In honor of the day this year, ALA presented U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana with the 2017 James Madison Award for his advocacy for public access ... Read More »

And the James Madison Award goes to… Senator Jon Tester

Photo of Senator John Tester seated at a microphone.

The American Library Association Washington Office is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 James Madison Award is Senator Jon Tester of Montana. The award will be presented by ALA Past President Sari Feldman in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 15. Even if you can’t join us in Washington, you will be able to ... Read More »

Look Back, Move Forward: Five women who stood up for the public’s right to know.

ALA President Patricia Schuman speaking at the Rally for America's Libraries at the 1991 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo from The American Library Association Archives.

Sunshine Week—a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information—is on the horizon (pun most certainly intended). Held on March 12 through March 18, Sunshine Week occurs annually, coinciding with James Madison’s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on March 16. During Sunshine Week, hundreds of libraries, media organizations, civic groups, ... Read More »

Deadline approaching for Madison Award nominations

James Madison Award logo

Nominations for the James Madison and Eileen Cooke awards are due on January 20th.  Please nominate people / 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 »