ALA resolution commends President Obama on commitment to openness in government

Contact: Jenni Terry

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office


For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

The American Library Association (ALA) Council passed a resolution commending President Barack Obama on his commitment to openness and transparency in government during the ALA 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The resolution commends the president for recognizing the importance of openness, transparency, and accountability in government by signing an executive order on Presidential Records and presidential memoranda on the Freedom of Information Act and Transparency and Open Government on his first day in office.

ALA was a participant in a coalition of more than 60 organizations that called on President Obama to, in the words of the coalition, reverse the secrecy and issue new directives on openness on “Day One” of his presidency.

The resolution also states that ALA looks forward to continuing to work with the Administration to advance public access and the public’s right to know.

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