March 16th is a very important holiday, even if most of the population has no idea what this day represents to the American public. This holiday is the celebration of the Freedom of Information Act, which itself is based on the principle that every person should have clear access to identifiable records without having to state a reason for wanting them.
As part of this holiday, Awards are given out to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. Also, museums and archives around the country celebrate this day in their own little private ways, seeing as though they are one of the forerunners of this act being practiced.
All in all, this day is special because it allows us, as the American public, to view records that are our right to see but that may not be a right in other countries, and we should respect and treat this right with the upmost esteem because without this Act, we would be left in the dark on quite a few pieces of information that deals with our country and the public at large.
For more information, check out these resources:
"Freedom of Information Act." Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2016): 1p. 1. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, EBSCOhost (accessed March 13, 2017).
ALA's Freedom of Information Day Website
Noue, George. "Two Cheers for the Freedom of Information Act." Academic Questions 29, no. 1 (March 2016): 10-14. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed March 13, 2017).
Hudson Jr., David L. "50 years later, Freedom of Information Act still chipping away at government's secretive culture." ABA Journal (July 2016): 2. Corporate ResourceNet, EBSCOhost (accessed March 13, 2017).