March 2018 Library Happenings

This year, Freedom of Information Day is on March 16, which is James Madison’s birthday. Madison, the fourth president of the United States, is known as the father of the constitution and an advocate for government transparency.

Each year, the American Library Association presents the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award in Washington, D.C. The awards are bestowed to individuals or groups that have served to protect and promote public access to government information.

The James Madison Award was established in 1986 and is given to an individual or group that raises awareness for public information access on the federal level. Eileen Cooke was a director of the ALA Washington office. The award, named after her, honors grassroots efforts to access information.

March also is Women’s History Month, which is promoted by the Library of Congress and other federal agencies to celebrate, educate, and observe the vital impact of women in American History. If you can’t make it out to a local event, the National Archives details women’s history through letters, photographs, film, and other periodical sources.

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