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

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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