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


Government Information: the Most Interesting Information in the World

Join Minitex and the University of Minnesota Libraries Regional Depository Library in a unique webinar series that highlights the exciting government information available to you and your patrons for free. Learn to determine the best starting points for your government information searching and be informed, my friends, through these free webinars.

University of Minnesota Libraries' Government Information Librarian, Amy Springer, and Hennepin County Library’s Government Documents Coordinator, Helen Burke, will 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?