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901 sound recordings released to Searchworks by the Archive of Recorded Sound

At the Archive of Recorded Sound we have all been adapting to working in a variety of situations ranging from wearing masks all day to child care while nursery schools are closed. With the shift to working from home the Archive of Recorded Sound staff transitioned from processing physical collections and helping researchers in person to virtual office hours and the digital collection description backlog.

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Final report of 2018-20 FOIA advisory committee now available

July 14, 2020
by Mr. James R. (Librarian) Jacobs

Note: This was originally posted on my blog Free Government Information. Please contact James Jacobs for questions about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

I had the honor of serving on the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) FOIA advisory Committee for the 2018-2020 term. Administered by the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), which serves as the chair of the Committee, the FOIA advisory committee brings together 9 members from within the Federal government and 11 non-governmental members with FOIA expertise to "foster dialog between the Administration and the requester community, solicit public comments, and develop consensus recommendations for improving FOIA administration and proactive disclosures." I was pleased to make real and lasting connections with the dedicated OGIS staff, agency FOIA officers and public advocates committed to making the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) work for everyone and to "ensure informed citizens, vital to the functioning of a democratic society."

 

Our Final Report and Recommendations of the 2018-2020 Term of the FOIA Advisory Committee (PDF) was just released by OGIS. As can be seen by the 22 recommendations, the committee was concerned with a wide range of topics and had recommendations for NARA, DOJ's Office of Information Policy (the executive branch lead on FOIA), executive branch agencies and Congress. There's still a long way to go to improve FOIA - I wish we'd been stronger on issues like "release to one release to all," ways to make FOIA searches faster, easier and more thorough for the public AND executive agencies, and collecting and making FOIA'd information more easily findable and usable. But we got started in those directions and also moved the ball forward on improving agency training, raising the profile of FOIA within agencies, expanding the use of new technologies, and strengthening the management of FOIA across the government.

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Black lives/Black joy

June 30, 2020
by Kelly L Roll

Recently, best-selling author of young adult books Nic Stone emphasized the importance of people reading more than just books about racism, we should also read stories about black people living. In School Library Journal Vanessa Willoughby makes the point that “There is danger in a single story: Rich, multifaceted cultures, communities, and individuals are flattened into a monolith.” Joy can be a radical act, a reclamation of autonomy. Both Ms. Stone and Ms. Willoughby include lists of potential titles to read. Cubberley Education Library has several of the children and young adult titles on these lists. Note: You can now page our books to Green library.

Introducing Andrea Renner, Assistant Rare Map Librarian, Rumsey Map Center

Introducing Andrea Renner, Assistant Rare Map Librarian, Rumsey Map Center

June 25, 2020
by G. Salim Mohammed

 

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Andrea (pronounced An-Drey-Yah) Renner, our new Assistant Rare Map Librarian, who actually started on March 9, 2020, one day before we were all sent packing to our homes due to COVID-19 and the soon to follow shelter-in-place order.

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Juneteenth and beyond

June 23, 2020
by Kathryn M Kerns

Cubberley Education Library has a range of resources for children and adults to continue the discussions and learning of the Juneteenth celebrations and now you can page our materials to Green.  The children's books are in paper, but the other guides are for electronic resources.  For more guides see our homepage under Topic guides and Children's and young adult books.

2020 Summer Reading List (science and engineering library staff picks)

June 22, 2020
by Alexandra Krogman

 

It's summer time, there's a pandemic, and we are social distancing. Has there ever been a better time to fall into the pages of a good book? I don't think so! Grab an ice-cold beverage, find a sunny spot (at least six feet away from any other readers), and dive into one of these staff picks from the Li and Ma Science Library and the Terman Engineering Library.

 

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