The official blog for students enrolled in the Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library Information Technology Program. This blog is designed to keep students up to date about what is going on in the program and to provide links to information in the field of library and information studies.
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.
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