July 3, 2003
The University of Georgia Libraries and the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget were each selected as recipients of the 2003 Public Access to Government Information Awards from the American Association of Law Libraries.
The University of Georgia libraries won the award for collecting and coordinating state documents and managing them in the Georgia Government Publications database. The GGP was designated the depository for Georgia state documents in 1993. Today the GGP has records of more than 15,000 publications stored in its database. Since 2000, the GGP also maintains electronic (if available) as well as print copies of Georgia state documents.
The Virginia Department of Planning and Budget was recognized for designing the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Web site at http://www.townhall.state.va.us/. The Web site states that it is a comprehensive source of information on the development of regulations in Virginia. The Town Hall is designed to allow interested parties to find regulations and track proposed changes. It also promotes public participation in the administrative rulemaking process and allows the Commonwealth to manage the regulatory process more efficiently.
Established in 1999, the Public Access to Government Information Award honors significant contributions by people or organizations to protect and promote greater public access to government information.
The award will be presented July 14 during the 96th Annual Meting and Conference in Seattle during the Association Luncheon.