Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award

About the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award
The award named for Eileen Cooke, former director of the ALA’s Washington Office, honors an extraordinary leader who has built local grassroots awareness of the importance of access to information. Cooke herself was a tireless advocate for the public’s right to know and a mentor to many librarians and trustees

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Application Instructions

Submissions should include a statement (maximum one page) about the nominee’s contribution to public access to government information and why it merits the award and one seconding letter. Please include a brief biography and contact information for the nominee.

Send e-mail nominations to Jessica McGilvray, Deputy Director for the ALA Office of Government Relations, at jmcgilvray@alawash.org. Submissions can also be mailed to:

James Madison Award / Eileen Cooke Award
American Library Association
Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-2520

Contact Information

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The award is presented during Freedom of Information (FOI) Day, an annual event on or near March 16, Madison’s birthday.