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.