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Virtual Displays: Sunshine Week 2022

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

Picture of the Washington D.C. Capital building with the words "Sunshine Week March 13-19 2022"

Information about this Guide

What is Sunshine Week?

Sunshine week was started in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors to help celebrate the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA allows the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency (with some exceptions). This act works to ensure citizens are informed and able to actively participate in democracy. Sunshine week is March 13th-19th, 2022 this year as it is generally celebrated the week of March 16th, the anniversary of President James Madison's birth.

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  • This is the official homepage for the Office of Information Policy (OIP) which handles FOIA requests. The OIP is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The National Archives --  FOIA Homepage

  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for two distinct types of records in their legal custody: archival and operational.

News Leaders Association 

  • The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors joined forces to become the News Leaders Association. NLA empowers journalists at all levels with the training, support and networks they need to lead and transform diverse, sustainable newsrooms.

Reporters Committee -- Open Government Guide 

  • The Open Government Guide is a complete compendium of information on every state’s open records and open meetings laws. Each state’s section is arranged according to a standard outline, making it easy to compare laws in various states.

U.S. Department of State

  • The U.S. Department of State has a page of resources where you can learn more about the FOIA and the nine exemptions and exclusions allotted by Congress.