AALL GRC Seeks Nominations for the 2012 Public Access to Government Information and Oakley Advocacy Awards

December 19, 2011

Each year, AALL recognizes individuals and/or groups with our Public Access to Government Information and Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Awards.  If you would like to nominate an individual or group for one or both of these prestigious awards, please send your nominations to Government Relations Committee Chair Catherine Dunn by February 1, 2012.

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AALL Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award

Since 1999, AALL has presented the PAGI Award annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information.

Past recipients include Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) (2011); the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School (2010); the Sunlight Foundation (2009); and Gary Bass, Executive Director, OMB Watch (2008).

Recipients of the PAGI award may be any individual or organization. Members of the Government Relations Office of AALL are not eligible. Judging criteria includes:

  • A contribution that significantly improves public access to government information, thereby increasing the public’s knowledge about the workings of government. The award is given in accordance with AALL’s mission to provide leadership in the field of legal information and to promote equal access to government information. The award will reflect this by honoring the achievements of those who have championed public access.
  • The extent to which the individual or organization has had a positive impact on protecting and promoting public access to governmental information.
  • The extent to which the effort advances the AALL mission and Government Relations Policy.

Please visit http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/AALLawards/award-information.html for further details.

Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award

Established in 2008, the Oakley Advocacy Award is given to recognize an AALL member or group for outstanding advocacy work contributing significantly to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. The award honors the memory of Robert L. Oakley, AALL’s Washington affairs representative from 1989-2007, who received the first award posthumously in 2008.

Additional past recipients include Joan Bellistri, Director and Law Librarian, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library in Annapolis, MD (2011); the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL) County Law Library Special Interest Group (2010); and Richard J. McKinney, Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board Law Library (2009).

AALL members and groups, with the exception of current members of the Government Relations Committee, are eligible for this award. Nominees must have made a significant contribution to the advocacy agenda of the Association.  Judging criteria includes:

  • A significant contribution to the advocacy agenda of the Association. The award is given in accordance with AALL’s mission to provide leadership in the field of legal information and to promote equal access to government information. The award will reflect this by honoring the achievements of those who have been especially energetic or effective advocates of this mission.
  • The extent to which the individual or group has been an active advocate for law libraries and legal information at the federal, state, or local level.
  • The extent to which the advocacy advances the AALL mission and Government Relations Policy.

Additional details are available at http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Resources/AALLawards/award-oakley.html.

Both awards will be presented during the Annual Public Policy Update on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM at the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  To learn more about the PAGI and Oakley awards as well as the advocacy work of the Government Relations Committee and the Government Relations Office, please visit us at http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Advocacy/aallwash


“FOIA Ombudsman” Launches New Website

December 13, 2011

AALL strongly supported passage of the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-175), which established the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). OGIS is charged with recommending policy changes to improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, offering mediation services to help resolve disputes between requestors and agencies, and acting as ombudsman by responding to the needs of the diverse FOIA community.

OGIS recently launched a new website to help requestors and agencies more easily navigate the FOIA process, including how to move past any stumbling blocks. New features include:

Kudos to OGIS for adding these enhancements, and for continuing to find innovative ways to operate more effectively, efficiently and transparently.


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