AALL GRC Seeks Nominations for 2014 PAGI and Oakley Advocacy Awards

December 10, 2013

Each year, AALL recognizes individuals and/or groups with our Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) 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 Susan Nevelow Mart by February 1, 2014.

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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 Aaron Swartz, awarded posthumously, Internet Activist, co-founder of Demand Progress (2013); Michele Timmons, Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes and Chair of the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (2012); 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 the PAGI award page 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 Timothy L. Coggins, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services & Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law Library, Richmond, VA (2013); Barbara Bintliff, Reporter for the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (2012); 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 on the Oakley award page.

Both awards will be presented during the Annual Public Policy Update at the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. 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 the GRO homepage on AALLNET.


Congratulations to the 2013 Oakley and PAGI Advocacy Award Winners

April 24, 2013

By Elizabeth

We are pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of AALL’s prestigious Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award (Oakley) and Public Access to Government Information Award (PAGI). Timothy L. Coggins, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services & Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law Library will receive the Oakley Award, and the late Aaron Swartz, internet freedom activist, will receive the PAGI Award at this year’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. The winners were chosen by the Government Relations Committee in consultation with the Awards Committee.

Tim has played a significant role in AALL’s government relations program since its inception and has been an outstanding advocate for the AALL policy agenda through a number of leadership roles. Tim served as chair of the Government Relations Committee (1991-92 and 2005-2006); chair of a special Task Force on Government Relations Activities (1993-94); co-chair of the AALL Working Group on information Technology and Implementation (1996-1998); chair of the Access to Electronic Information Committee (2006-07); chair of the Electronic Legal Information Access & Citation Committee (2010-11); member of the Washington Affairs Office Review Special Committee (2008-09); and is currently a member of the Government Policy Advisory Group (2011-2013). Tim’s service helped to establish a major role for AALL and its members as information experts on government use of technology for authentic and accessible public information.

Aaron, an internet freedom activist, is credited with revolutionizing the way that hundreds of millions of people around the world receive information and interact with their own governments.  As a talented programmer and open access advocate, Aaron was most known for his efforts to open access to information locked behind paywalls, including the 2008 download and release of 20 million pages from PACER for free public access. In 2011, he was arrested and indicted with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and recklessly damaging a protected computer after downloaded a large number of academic journal articles from JSTOR through MIT’s computer network. At the time of his death in 2013, Aaron’s prosecution for the crime was pending. Aaron left behind a strong legacy of advocacy for greater public access to government information.

We are pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s remarkable award winners. We hope you’ll join us at the Public Policy Update (B4) at the 2013 Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 14, where both awards will be presented.


AALL GRC Seeks Nominations for the 2013 Public Access to Government Information and Oakley Advocacy Awards

December 5, 2012

Each year, AALL recognizes individuals and/or groups with our Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) 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 Melanie Knapp by February 1, 2013.

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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 Michele Timmons, Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes and Chair of the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (2012); 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 the PAGI award page 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 Barbara Bintliff, Reporter for the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (2012); 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 on the Oakley award page.

Both awards will be presented during the Annual Public Policy Update at the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.  Learn more about the PAGI and Oakley awards, as well as the advocacy work of the Government Relations Committee and the Government Relations Office, on our homepage.


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


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

December 3, 2009

The AALL Government Relations Committee (GRC) is seeking nominations for the 2010 Public Access to Government Information and Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Awards. Please send your nominations for both awards to GRC Chair Camilla Tubbs by February 1, 2010.

Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award

The Association presents the PAGI Award annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information. Recipients of the PAGI award may be any individual or organization. AALL was pleased to give the 2009 PAGI Award to the Sunlight Foundation for their excellent work in promoting political transparency and accountability in government through innovative Web 2.0 technologies.

Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award

Established in 2008, the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award recognizes outstanding advocacy work and significant contributions to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. In July 2009, the AALL Executive Board changed the eligibility requirement for the Oakley Award so that it is now open to AALL members and groups. The award honors the memory of Robert L. Oakley, AALL’s Washington Affairs Representative from 1989 until 2007.

Rick McKinney, assistant law librarian at the Federal Reserve Board Law Library in Washington, D.C., was the recipient of the 2009 Oakley Member Advocacy Award. Mr. McKinney received this award in honor of his work on The Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.’s Legislative Sourcebook, an impressive publication of online legislative resources, and for his willingness to help other law librarians with their research questions.

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Both of these prestigious awards will be presented during the AALL Public Policy Update (G3) on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

We hope you’ll attend the Policy Update, formerly known as the “Annual Legislative and Regulatory Update,” to see the award presentations and to hear from the chairs of the GRC, Copyright Committee, Electronic Legal Information Access & Citation Committee and AALL Government Relations Office Director Mary Alice Baish about AALL’s legislative and policy accomplishments during the past year.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]


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