Schuman receives Eileen Cooke Award at Freedom of Information Day

Contact: Andy Bridges
Communications Specialist
For Immediate Release
March 16, 2007

Schuman receives Eileen Cooke Award at Freedom of Information Day

WASHINGTON — Patricia Glass Schuman is the recipient of the 2007 Eileen Cooke State and Local Madison Award, presented by the American Library Association to honor those who, at the state and local levels, have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public's “right to know.”

“As ALA President, her theme was 'The Right to Know: Librarians Make It Happen,' bolstering librarians as champions of the cause,” said ALA President Leslie Burger in her opening remarks. “A tireless activist, Pat chaired the ALA's Advocacy Committee and founded the Library Advocacy NOW! Campaign, from which countless library associations and organizations have followed her leadership and, as a result, her impact on the community level continues to be exponential.”

“As one of her nominators wrote, Pat '... lives, breathes, and indeed, embodies our highest ideals.'”

Over the course of her distinguished career, Schuman has mentored and trained tens of thousands of librarians and trustees at the regional, state, and local levels creating an army of advocates across the nation for the public's “right to know.”


Freedom of Information (FOI) Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison. Madison is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and as the foremost advocate for openness in government. 2007 marks the 41st anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act, and the third year that ALA has presented the James Madison Award.