No luck on FOIA this Congress

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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (S. 2520) bill has been on a roller coaster the last few weeks! We were hopeful. Then thought it wasn’t possible. Then the law, which would give private citizens greater access to government information, passed the Senate and hope was revived. But no, sadly attempted FOIA reform is now reliably reported over and done ... Read More »

Reminder: Free webinar on Ebola for librarians


Reminder: On Friday, December 12, 2014, library leaders from the U.S. National Library of Medicine will host the free webinar “Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases: The Latest Information from the National Library of Medicine.” As a follow-up to the webinar they presented in October, librarians from the U.S. National Library of Medicine will be discussing how to provide effective services ... Read More »

“Face-to-Face with Congress” advocacy webinar

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Those of you interested in advocating on behalf of libraries might be interested in this one. The Congressional Management Foundation will be hosting a webinar entitled, “Face-to-Face with Congress: Before, During, & After Meeting with Lawmakers” on December 17, 2014 at 1pm EST. Using information pulled from a series of surveys, the report is aimed at providing citizens with guidance ... Read More »

Archive webinar available: Giving legal advice to patrons

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An archive of the free webinar “Lib2Gov.org: Connecting Patrons with Legal Information” is now available. Hosted jointly by the American Library Association (ALA) and iPAC, the webinar was designed to help library reference staff build confidence in responding to legal inquiries. Watch the webinar The session offers information on laws, legal resources and legal reference practices. Participants will learn how ... Read More »

Free webinar: The latest on Ebola


As the Ebola outbreak continues, the public must sort through all of the information being disseminated via the news media and social media. In this rapidly evolving environment, librarians are providing valuable services to their communities as they assist their users in finding credible information sources on Ebola, as well as other infectious diseases. On Tuesday, December 12, 2014, library ... Read More »