Thursday, September 5, 2013

Minitex Webinar: Access vs. Privacy: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Take advantage of the many free and low-cost continuing education opportunities organized and delivered by Minitex and other professional organizations in the area. These  workshops, webinars, and conferences are good ways to build on what you're learning in class, keep your kills fresh, and make new contacts that will help you find your next job.
Access vs. Privacy: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Thursday, September 26, 2013
10:00 AM–11:00 AM (Central Time)
Join the University of Minnesota Libraries' Government Information Librarian, Amy Springer, and Hennepin County Library's Government Documents Coordinator, Helen Burke, as they provide resources to start learning FOIA basics. FOIA entitles citizens to unseal some records and simultaneously allows the government to seal others. What better way to spend Banned Books Week than figuring out how to file a FOIA request? How may patrons file their own FOIA requests? How to distinguish requests for personal records from requests for data that ought to be public? What can patrons do for themselves? When is legal counsel recommended? What exemptions apply and when can they be overcome?
—Amy Springer, Government Information Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries
—Helen Burke, Government Documents Coordinator, Hennepin County Library