Revised November 2017, Executive Board Meeting, Tab 3
A principal tenet of the American Association of Law Libraries is the right of equal access to information for all to ensure an informed citizenry and to promote a just and democratic society. Established in 1998, the Public Access to Government Information Award is given to recognize persons or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information.
Recipients of the award may be an individual or organization. Members of the AALL Government Relations Office are not eligible. Recipients need not be law librarians or members of AALL.
Administration of the Award
The Public Access to Government Information Award shall be administered by the AALL Government Relations Committee in coordination with the AALL Awards Committee. The Government Relations Committee shall solicit and review nominations for the award. The committee will choose one individual or group recipient each year for the PAGI Award, or no recipient if it deems none of the nominees sufficiently qualified, and will submit the winning recipient's name(s) to the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee will oversee the grant of the PAGI Award to the recipient(s) selected by the Government Relations Committee. The Government Relations Committee will handle subsequent publicity activities and any miscellaneous tasks that arise in the administration of the award.
- A contribution that significantly improves public access to government information, thereby increasing the public's knowledge about the workings of government. The award is given in accordance with AALL's mission to provide leadership in the field of legal information and to promote equal access to government information. The award will reflect this by honoring the achievements of those who have championed public access.
- The extent to which the individual or organization has had a positive impact on protecting and promoting public access to governmental information.
- The extent to which the effort advances the AALL mission and Government Relations Policy.
Nominations for this award are to be sent to the chair of the Government Relations Committee, Todd Melnick.
Nominations must be submitted no later than Feb. 1 of each year. The committee will complete its deliberations and the administrative aspects of the award by April 1.
The Government Relations Committee will review the nominations and make a final decision on who will receive the award. Each nominee shall be considered individually and confidentially and will be judged according to the criteria listed above. Sources of information for the committee about a candidate include the nominating letter(s) and recommendation(s) from the Government Relations Committee. To ensure confidentiality, contact with members of AALL other than the person(s) nominating, Awards Committee members, and Government Relations Committee members should be avoided.
Frequency and number of awards: The award may be presented annually, but there is no requirement that the award be given each year.
The award shall be presented during the AALL Annual Meeting, and it will be given in the name of the Association. It will consist of an appropriate memorial to honor the achievements of the individual or organization.
Kyle K. Courtney
State Copyright Resource Center Team
Harvard University Library
Laura J. Orr
Legal Research Library Consultant
Superseded Oregon Revised Statutes 1953-1993 Digitization Project
Florida Academic Law Libraries
F.A.L.L. Digitized Legal Collections
In recognition of outstanding, grass-roots cooperation to make state legal information available electronically.
Mary Alice Baish
Superintendent of Documents
Government Publishing Office
Mississippi College of Law Library
Legislative History Project
Aaron Swartz, Awarded Posthumously
Internet Activist, co-founder of Demand Progress
New York, NY
For his dedication to promoting and protecting public access to government information
Revisor of Statutes
Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes
St. Paul, MN
Chair, Drafting Committee for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Legal Information Institute
Cornell Law School
The Sunlight Foundation
Gary D. Bass
University of North Texas Libraries
University of North Texas (UNT) Government Documents Web site
Rutgers University Law School Library
Rutgers-Camden Law School Library Digital Project
The National Indian Law Library (www.narf.org)
Federation of American Scientists (www.fas.org)
Maryland Legal Assistance Network (www.peoples-law.org)
Senator Conrad Burns
Michael O. Leavitt
Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
University of Georgia Libraries
Georgia Government Publications.
Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall.
U.S. General Services Administration
Library of Congress
United States Government Printing Office