From an award-winning Oscar-nominated film team comes a new documentary exploring why Americans are using public libraries more than ever before—and the high stakes for democracy if libraries become extinct.
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Yes! Many people already recognize the incredible value of libraries, but, for those who don’t, hearing the stories of libraries helping the public is crucial.
Please join us on March 15 to celebrate the 15th annual Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The day will feature a key note discussion with First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, subject of a new book, Nuanced Absolutism, by author and law professor Ronald L.K. Collins and a conversation on a forthcoming video documentary, “Whistleblowers”.
A highlight of the event will be the announcement of the ALA’s James Madison Award recipient, an award named in honor of President James Madison to honor individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know on the national level. As part of our presentation of the award, last year’s recipient Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will speak on the importance of access to information.
The day’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. and there is no charge to attend. It would be helpful for any attendees to register in advance to ensure adequate seating. To register, e-mail or telephone Ashlie Hampton of the First Amendment Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 292-6288. When registering, please provide your name, title, affiliation and contact information for agenda updates and other news. A paid luncheon meal option will be offered at the time of registration.
It was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when filmmaking couple Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor really came to appreciate libraries. After their New Orleans home was flooded in the storm, they found themselves outside a library in Baton Rogue, where lines stretched around the block to submit disaster relief applications online.
"It was the only place to go to fill out information," Logsdon said. "The city and state government all failed miserably where the library was able to help."
Now they’re aiming to make a first-of-its-kind documentary called “Free for All,” exploring why Americans are using public libraries in record numbers and what would happen to democracy if libraries became extinct.