The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office invites nominations for its Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who has championed, protected, or promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the state or local level.
The award is named in honor of Eileen Cooke, director of ALA’s Washington Office from 1972 through 1993. Cooke was a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many librarians and trustees.
ALA will present the awards during or near Sunshine Week, the week that includes March 16, Madison’s birthday. Please submit nominations for either award to the ALA Washington Office, care of Gavin Baker, no later than January 19, 2018.
Please include a brief statement (maximum one page) about the nominee’s contribution to public access to government information. If possible, please also include a brief biography and contact information for the nominee.
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