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Registration Now Open for Sunshine Week 2007 Webcast: Closed Doors; Open Democracies?


  • Civic organizations, libraries, universities and other groups around the country are invited to participate in our second dialogue on open government and secrecy by hosting or co-sponsoring programs.
  • The program, which will include panel discussions, audience questions, and ideas for action, will be webcast to sites around the country.
  • The program will focus on access to government information, including the impact of government suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health and safety – and accountability. The dialogue will start with a lively discussion of the issues and end with ideas for action.
  • Sites are encouraged to show the national program and plan local programs tailored to open government issues in their communities!


The event will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and webcast to sites around the country. We’re inviting you to host a program in your community!


The event will be held on Monday, March 12, 2007, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST. Sunshine Week is March 11 – 17, 2007. Visit to learn more about Sunshine Week.


If you’re interested in being a host site, you may now register at

If you would like to help as a state coordinator, please contact: Emily Feldman, Program Associate, via email at



The first national “Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know” was launched in March 2005 and will be celebrated in 2007 from March 11-17. Sunshine Week’s intent is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to everyone in the community, not just journalists. “Closed Doors; Open Democracies?” is brought to you in celebration of Sunshine Week by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition,, Special Libraries Association, Sunshine Week, and Union of Concerned Scientists.

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

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