Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sunshine Week & Freedom of Information Day

"Fun with FOIA" @ https://vimeo.com/133790152

Sunshine Week is a national initiative driven by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), that seeks to educate on the importance of open government and the dangers of government secrecy. National Freedom of Information Day falls during Sunshine Week, on or near March 16th of each year, and highlights the benefits of government transparency. In 1965 the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted to provide the public/the people with the right to request access to records from any federal agency. The FOIA also requires that federal agencies proactively post publicly (online) certain categories of information.

Books on the Freedom of Information Act @ Armacost Library:


Organizations interested in government transparency: 

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Non-profit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development.

Open the Government
Coalition of government groups, environmentalists, journalists, library and consumer groups, labor, and others united to make the federal government a more open place in order to ensure integrity and accountability in the operation of our governing institutions, foster confidence in representative government, and support our democratic principles.

Public Citizen
Non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. They have challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries, and are leading the charge against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide.

Sunlight Foundation
National, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.

FOIA'd data and information:

Archive Team
Collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage.

Muck Rock
Non-profit, collaborative news site that brings together journalists, researchers, activists, and regular citizens to request, analyze, and share government documents, making politics more transparent and democracies more informed.

National Security Archive
Investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents.

Happy Sunshine Week! 🙃

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award

Undergrads: Did you write a great research paper, present an excellent research poster, create a well-research performance last semester? Did you use library resources? If so, you can submit it for the chance to win a $500 award! 
Faculty: Know an undergrad who completed (or, nearly completed) a well-researched project? Let them know about the award!

Submissions are due Friday, March 16th.

Find out more @ library.redlands.edu/alura

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Welcome, back, to Armacost Library!

“Added ‘Back’ to ‘Welcome’" by Bob Duran under a CC BY 2.0 license

Welcome to the new year, and welcome back to the academic year!

The new year provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to have their scholarship recognized for its creativity and excellence. Consider submitting your researched projects for the Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award (ALURA): library.redlands.edu/alura. Submissions are due Friday, March 16, 2018. Review the guidelines, talk to a librarian, talk with your professor(s). 

As always, our hours are posted for the entire semester online: library.redlands.edu/hours. Notice that the hours in red are the hours in which the Library is open, and the hours in blue are when a librarian is around to help you.

Feel free to contact your subject librarian, via email, phone, or instant chat, for library or research-related questions. You can also make a research appointment with your librarian, or drop by during office hours just to say hello!

And here's my "welcome, back" ear worm from the 1970s, the television theme song for Welcome, Back Kotter.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Finals Week Hours

During Finals Week the Armacost Library will provide more access to quiet study spaces by extending hours. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday, December 10: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday, December 11 - Thursday, December 14: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday, December 15: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Good luck!

Lua Gregory
First Year Experience Librarian
Armacost Library

Friday, December 01, 2017

Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic)

The Armacost Library recently learned that LexisNexis Academic would be replaced with a new product titled Nexis Uni at the end of the year. While access to LexisNexis/Nexis Uni will be maintained through the transition, the various routes to LexisNexis/Nexis Uni will be implemented in stages. 


In other words, to access Nexis Uni in January, you may need to go directly to the Nexis Uni database link. You may do this by going to the Library's List of Databases or clicking on a Nexis Uni database link provided in one of our research guides

Take a sneak peak at Nexis Uni and you'll find a search interface that offers options seen in our more user-friendly databases. 

Something new that might come in handy is the "Negative News" feature. It's purpose seems to be helping users find negative press coverage on a topic. When language is identified as negative by Nexis Uni, that search result is included in a Negative News category.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Friday, November 17, 2017

November: Commemorating Native American Heritage Month & Thanksgiving

"Aboriginal Ways of Knowing" closethecircle.blogspot.com

November in the United States is Native American Heritage Month (established in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush). No coincidence that the commemoration and celebration of Native American history, culture, traditions, and ways of knowing takes place during the same month many of us celebrate Thanksgiving.

"Plimoth Plantation" by Jennie Brownscombe c. 1914

Most of us learn a Eurocentric version of the first Thanksgiving in elementary school, acting out the parts of Pilgrim and Indian, learning to valorize European ancestors that benefitted from the kindness of indigenous residents. Our schooling also teaches us to value Western epistemology and methodologies. But there are other ways of knowing, other forms of inquiry. For many of us, we don't encounter alternative epistemologies and methodologies until we take specific courses in college. If you are interested in learning about Indigenous, specifically Native American, knowledge practices, check out these books.

Find these books and more searching Armacost Library resources.

At the University of Redlands, we live, study, and work on the unceded traditional lands of Yuhaaviatam (one of the indigenous peoples collectively called, by the Spanish settler colonials, the Serrano in Southern California).

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Sexual Harassment

In the past days and months, allegations of sexual harassment have been a regular part of the news cycle. The spotlight has shone on figures in politics, media, and Hollywood:  Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, John Besh, Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Dustin Hoffman, and Michael Oreskes. Yet sexual harassment is more pervasive rearing its ugly head as the #MeToo movement shows that survivors are activists, poets, athletes, graduate students, and scientists

If you'd like to learn more about sexual harassment, non-disclosure agreements, and more take a look at the following library resources.

A Few Books on Sexual Harassment



A Few Journals That Cover Sexual Harassment