April 23, 2018

Schmidt, Minnesota Coalition Honored at Freedom of Information Day

By LJ Staff

Richard M. Schmidt has posthumously received the Madison Award, presented by the American Library Association (ALA) ‘to honor those who have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.’ Schmidt, who died in October 2004, worked in both the legislative and executive branches on issues such as the 1974 Freedom of Information Act. He also represented journalists and publishers in fighting for open government. On March 16, the anniversary of James Madison’s birth, ALA also honored the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information with the inaugural Eileen Cooke State and Local Madison Award, also named for former ALA executive director Cooke. The coalition represents a diverse network of individuals and agencies, including libraries and the press, who push for open access to government information.