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Author: Gavin Baker

Gavin Baker is an assistant director of Government Relations. He advocates for library priorities on government information and transparency issues. Previously, he worked at California Common Cause, the Center for Effective Government / OMB Watch and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Gavin earned his M.S. in library and information studies from Florida State University and his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida.

House committee approves FDLP Modernization Act

The Committee on House Administration approved the bipartisan Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305). The bill would modernize the FDLP and related programs that provide public access to government information. In a statement commenting on the committee’s action, ALA President Jim Neal said: “Through their…

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We did it! CRS reports will be public

After 20 years of advocacy by ALA, the public will soon have access to reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). A provision requiring public access to CRS reports was included in the omnibus appropriations law signed by the President on March 23. Library supporters can celebrate this long-sought victory.…

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Long-awaited FDLP Modernization Act would strengthen public access to government information

The bipartisan FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305) was introduced on March 15 following months of effort by the Committee on House Administration. The bill would modernize the Federal Depository Library Program and related programs that provide public access to government information. The bill is sponsored by Committee Chairman…

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Congratulations to 2018 Madison and Cooke Award Winners: Reps. Darrell Issa and Mike Quigley, and Florida’s First Amendment Foundation

* NOTE: This post has been updated as of Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 p.m. ALA’s Executive Board of Directors issued this update intended to document the source and original intent of the Madison Award and to identify next steps for future awards.  Saturday, March 10, 11:15 a.m.: Thank you for your feedback about yesterday’s…

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And the James Madison and the Eileen Cooke Awards go to…

The American Library Association is looking forward to announcing the winners of the 2018 James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke Award next week. The award will be presented by ALA President Jim Neal in a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 9. Even if you…

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