March 12-18 is Sunshine Week 2006. From the website,
"the first national Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know was launched March 13, 2005 and continued through the following Saturday. The spirit of Sunshine Week, however, lasts through the year, as newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, Web sites and others continue a dialogue about the importance of open government to the public."During this week, the Web site for Sunshine Week will feature news, editorials and other resources to promote the importance of freedom of information and the need to keep the government accountable as well as keeping it open to all. This effort is sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. ALA is also doing its part here. Readers can find a bibliography of books and resources here. The site even features resources in Spanish.
A hat tip to Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine.
Update notes (3/14/106):
- The Free Government Information Blog reports that Steven Aftergood, of FAS Project on Government Secrecy, has been awarded the James Madison Award from ALA for his work on government secrecy. FGI Blog notes that "the Award which is 'presented annually on the anniversary of Madison's birth (March 16) to honor those who have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public's right to know.'" Readers may be interested in taking a look at the FAS link as well as an interview from U.S. News and World Report of Mr. Aftergood, which is linked over at FGI.
- In addition, Gary Price's Resource Shelf provides a link to a report by ALA's BRASS entitled "Public Libraries Briefcase: Findind and Using Public Records" which may be of interest as well.