Lofgren wins ALA’s James Madison Award

Friday, March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON — Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., received the American Library Association’s annual James Madison Award today for her “tireless efforts” in Congress to ensure public access to government information.

ALA President Molly Raphael announced the award at the First Amendment Center’s annual National FOI Day event at the Newseum as part of Sunshine Week.

Lofgren has been “a champion for libraries and the public they serve,” Raphael said, and “a strong ally in the ALA’s efforts to protect freedom of information.”

Raphael added that Lofgren had called attention to what she called dangers to the First Amendment in the so-far-unsuccessful move to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act. Lofgren also recenty sponsored a measure to expand public access to federally funded research.

Appearing via a Skype hookup, Lofgren said, “Protecting and expanding access to information really is central to our work in Congress.”

She said it was important to help educate the public about freedom of expression and to hold public officials accountable for public access to government information.

Citing the outcry against SOPA as an example, Lofgren said, “An informed public is able to weigh in on things that matter.”

Tags: , , , , ,