Day of events at UB Libraries to celebrate freedom of government information

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Held during Open Access Week, programs include the rescue of more than 700 federal documents from the Obama presidency

Release Date: October 19, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Libraries will celebrate the freedom of information by hosting “Preserving Our Knowledge,” an all-day series of free sessions to promote Open Access Week.

Open Access Week, held during the last week of October, is a global event now entering its eight year that aims to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of removing restrictions from research findings, government documents and other sources of knowledge.

Preserving Our Knowledge will consist of two workshops and a webinar on Monday, Oct. 23. Light refreshments will be provided.

The events, which are free and open to the public, include:

Keeping America Informed for Future Generations

Learn more about the Federal Information Preservation Network, a repository that works to preserve federal government information. The workshop will be led by Cynthia Etkin, senior program analyst at the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

The seminar is scheduled from 9–10:30 a.m. in 310 Silverman Library in Capen Hall on the North Campus.

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Using the HathiTrust Federal Documents Collection

The webinar will explore the use of the HathiTrust U.S. Federal Government Documents Program, a collection of nearly 900,000 federal documents digitized from print.

The seminar will be led by Heather Christenson, HathiTrust program officer for federal documents and collections; and Jaime Hays, outreach librarian at the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

The program is scheduled from 10:30–11:30 a.m. in 310 Silverman Library in Capen Hall on the North Campus.

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Data Refuge Event: Help Save Access to Federal Government Information

Volunteer to help rescue more than 700 federal documents that remain inaccessible from the Obama presidency. Participants will index and assign subject descriptors to government information collected through the End of Term Harvest to make them freely accessible online.

The program will be led by UB government information services librarian Susan Dow.

The event will be held from 1–4:30 p.m. in 109 Lockwood Memorial Library on the North Campus.

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