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“Closed Doors; Open Democracies?” — Sunshine Week 2007

Last year, a number of organizations held a very successful 2006 teleforum, “Are We Safer in the Dark–A Sunshine Week National Dialogue on Open Government & Secrecy.” Building on the success of that event, and calls for more, an interactive webcast is being planned for next year, to be held on March 12, 2007 – the beginning of Sunshine Week 2007. The goal of Sunshine Week is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to everyone in the community.

“Closed Doors; Open Democracies?” is the chosen highlighted theme in our Sunshine Week event next year. The discussions – with federal and state level speakers – that will be webcast to a nationwide audience are being sponsored by, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), ALA, the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Union of Concerned Scientists, the League of Women Voters, and the National Freedom of Information Coalition. Building on last year’s model, we are encouraging follow-on discussions at the local level of issues of openness, secrecy and accountability of concern to those communities.

Here’s how you can help us in planning this important event. We are looking for individuals to identify themselves as resource persons to work with others in their state to help identify host sites and plan the event, including local follow-on discussions.

We will help coordinate these groups so that you’ll be working with other open government advocates in your state. We’ll also set up a listserv and provide suggestions on steps to make our 2007 web cast even more successful than last year’s event.

We invite you to join us for this exciting opportunity to make a difference in educating the public about the need for transparency at all levels of government.

If you’re interested, please send your contact information to:

Emily Feldman
Program Associate

For more information on last year’s Sunshine Week event, click here.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.


  1. Ed Bridges [Visitor] Ed Bridges [Visitor]

    Congrats on an outstanding first podcast! Excellent content and presentation. I now have a dramatically better perspective on what your purpose and objectives are, and what you do.

    My one small suggestion is to stay away from acronyms. I heard the definition of OITP at the beginning of the podcast, but by the end had forgotten what it was and had to go look it up.

  2. mary treacy [Visitor] mary treacy [Visitor]

    I represent the Minnesota Coalition on Goverment Information, a fledgling statewide coalition. We are very interested in being involved and would like to identify others in Minnesota who are connected with the national initiative.

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