Host a Local Event for Sunshine Week 2010

For the fifth year in a row, AALL is co-sponsoring the annual Sunshine Week Webcast with OpenTheGovernment.org, and we’re again looking for sites and co-sponsors to host local programs.

AALL chapters and members have always been a key part of making Sunshine Week a success. Chapters and law libraries around the country are invited to show the Webcast in their communities and host local discussions following the national program. The live event will be webcast for free from the Center for American Progress on March 19 from 12-2pm EDT. You are welcome to show the program at a later date if the live event conflicts with your spring break.

The theme for the 2010 Sunshine Week Webcast is “Building Transparency.” The program will include a discussion of the Obama Administration’s progress on its transparency initiatives, an update on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the new Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), and a look at how state and local organizations are using government data. Guest speakers will include Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, and Miriam Nisbet, Director of OGIS. There will also be time for questions from the live audiences around the country.

NOCALL has already put together an exciting event with the California Library Association, the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners, and the Special Libraries Association/Sierra-Nevada Region on March 24 at Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  The program will begin with a viewing of the archived Webcast, followed by lunch and a panel of exceptional guest speakers.

Please contact me if your library or chapter is interested in volunteering to be a host site or co-sponsor. We will be happy to connect you with others in your area who are interested in hosting programs, including the local League of Women Voters.

We look forward to working with you to bring more sunshine to your state.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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