Congratulations to the 2013 Oakley and PAGI Advocacy Award Winners

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.

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