July 07, 2000
The American Association of Law Libraries' (AALL) Awards Committee has selected the recipient of the 2000 Public Access to Government Information Award. Established in1999, this award honors significant contributions by persons or organizations to protect and promote greater public access to government information. This year's recipient is the Library of Congress in honor of its THOMAS Web site, available at http://thomas.loc.gov/. THOMAS provides a free and easy means to access federal legislative information. Its clear layout and powerful search engine allow users to quickly track developments in both the current and previous Congresses. THOMAS provides the full text of bills, Congressional reports, and the Congressional Record in addition to bill summaries and status reports, directory information, calendars and schedules, news, and voting information. It also contains important historical documents and useful links to other government information. Although there are many people and organizations to thank for the initial development of THOMAS, this award is being made to honor the men and women at the Library of Congress.
The American Association of law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.