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The OPEN GOVERNMENT GUIDE (previously published as Tapping Officials' Secrets) is published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to "open government law and practice in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia." [Introd.] Covers whether and which records and meetings are open.

Allows comparison of 2 or more states. Select from the drop down menu to compare procedures or types of records such as electronic (email, text, social media postings), bank records, collective bargaining negotiations and documents, gun permits, hospital reports, personnel records, police and prison records, real estate transactions, school and university records and vital statistics, among others. Response can be one word (yes, no, open) or a quote from the state statute or a legal case.

Can also search by keyword, eg. adoption or divorce.

Linda Oppenheim
Industrial Relations Librarian
New Jersey Documents Librarian
Princeton University

[Princeton]A symposium on Orthodox history in America, Pilgrims and Pioneer

Friday, September 30, 2011
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Aaron Burr Hall 219, Princeton University
Saturday, October 1, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Stuart Hall, Princeton Theological Seminary

This symposium will examine some of the people and movements that contributed to the growth of Orthodox Christianity in 20th century America. We will pay special attention to the role of missionaries, immigration and conversion, the emergence of Orthodox theological scholarship in English, and Orthodox engagement in American civic and political life.

Want to come? Please click here to register.
Featured Speakers
Fr. Demetrios J. Constantelos

Fr. Demetrios J. Constantelos, Ph.D., D.D., is a retired presbyter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and the Charles Cooper Townsend Sr. Professor Emeritus of History and Religious Studies, and Distinguished Research Scholar in Residence at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, N.J. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications and the series e…

"The Deepening of the Russian Revolution, 1917"

The Deepening of the Russian Revolution, 1917" to showcase both primary and secondary sites associated with the February and October Revolutions:

Self-description: "This project aims to tap into the extraordinary wealth of primary sources now available in print and on the Internet. Our hope is to show viewers some of the immense complexity of actors and issues being mobilized over this eight-month period from February to October 1917. By creating an innovative digital timeline, we hope to showcase three kinds of sources: primary sources from the time, secondary analyses written by historians, and student papers commenting on one or more themes that they have gleaned from reading primary sources. Viewers have an opportunity to read this site across time (what historians call diachronically) or across social groups (historians call this a synchronic reading). This kind of interconnection among sources is one we hope will serve as a model for other …

Princeton ties Harvard for #1 Spot: in 2012 ! Yay!

Go Tigers!!!!! Let us not be scared of the bears!

Colleagues, and Readers of this blog!

I wanted to share the following news as a matter of pride with all of you. As you know, I have moved to Princeton University and taken up here a post as a librarian for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (that includes Central Asia). After 22 years of life in Los Angeles and almost 10 years of service at UCLA, I was questioning my own decision to move. However, epiphany does happen sometimes very slowly. And I am writing this note not as a grateful immigrant whose narrative is informed by the opportunities for expression in this society, but as a collection development librarian who only reams of working at a Ivy!

Of course, I am a product of public education and admire UCLA very much. I have come to love my Alma mater over a period of long 22 years, when I took my first course during the summer out there in LA.…

British Geological Survey Publishes 2011 Risk List Report

An interesting report of relative risk of critical chemical elements was published and released by the British Geological Survey recently. Although not directly related to Slavic Studies Librarianship, I though it might be interesting to bring it to the attention of my readers for several reasons. First, the report also tells us about the leading producer countries of these elements and Russia is one of them. The report can be found here.

The report's self-description is as follows, "The risk list gives a quick indication of the relative risk in 2011 to the supply of the chemical elements or element groups which we need to maintain our economy and lifestyle. The position of an element on this list is determined by a number of factors which might impact on supply. These include the abundance of elements in the Earth's crust, the location of current production and reserves, and the political stability of those locations."

The full-text can be downloaded here.


The deadline for submissions is January, 2, 2012.
The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 18th Reference Research Forum at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.
The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.
For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

Examining Our Past: Historical Map Collection Now Online

Nearly 90,000 high resolution scans of the more than 200,000 historical USGS topographic maps, some dating as far back as 1884, are now available on-line from the US Geological Survey. The Historical Topographic Map Collection includes published U.S. topographic maps of all scales and editions, and are offered as a geo-referenced digital download or as a printed copy from the USGS Store.

"I applaud your continuing effort to digitize the entire set of USGS quadrangle maps and we anxiously await the completion of the project. This effort is of great consequence for the research community" said Dr. John R. Hébert Chief, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress. Not all of the historical collection resides in any one location or in any one catalog. In a partnership with the Library of Congress and other map depositories, the USGS will build a complete master catalog and provide access to maps that may be missing from any one collection.

Historical maps are an important nati…

LC Digitizes album that documents Russian Revolution of 1917

Scans of a 2006 gift to the Library of Congress, a photo album."2010%3A041"&sp=1&st=gallery
Album description, (this record oddly makes it appear the item isn't digitized)

"Photographs document the Russian Revolution in Moscow, Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Vologda, Vereshchagina, and Novo Nikolaevsk. Photographs document return trip through Japan, China and Korea. Russian photographs taken between November 20, 1917 and March 1918."
Michael Neubert
Supervisory Digital Projects Specialist
Office phone 202 707 3706

A Letter from JSTOR about Open Access to its content

Dear Library and Publisher Colleagues,
I write to share exciting news: Today, we are making journal content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This content includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR.
We are taking this step as part of our continuous effort to provide the widest possible access to content on JSTOR while ensuring the long-term preservation of this important material. To date, we have primarily provided access to people through a growing base of libraries and institutions. In 1995, only ten journals were digitized and available to just a few universities. Today, millions of people from more than 7,000 institutions in 153 countries have access to journals on JSTOR through their universities, colleges, high schools, businesses, research institutions, museums, historical societies, and public…

CFP: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: Text and Beyond

Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: Text and Beyond
18 November 2011
Kyoto, Japan. Soushi-kan Conference Hall, Ritsumeikan University. In conjunction with the Second International Symposium on Digital Humanities for Japanese Arts and Cultures (DH-JAC2011, 19-20 November 2011;

Proposals due 20 September 2011

Digital technology is fundamentally altering the way we relate to writing, reading, and the human record itself. The pace of that change has created a gap between core social/cultural practices that depend on stable reading and writing environments and the new kinds of digital artefacts-electronic books being just one type of many-that must sustain those practices now and into the future.

This one-day gathering explores research foundations pertinent to understanding new practices and emerging media, specifically focusing on work in textual and extra-textual method, in itself and via exemplar, leading toward [1] theo…

Call for Papers: Russian Journal of Communication

Special Issue: Russian Interpersonal Communication
What is interpersonal communication? Is it a universal form of communication or does it vary cross-culturally? To broaden the conversation concerning interpersonal communication and culture, the Russian Journal of Communication calls for papers that will advance our understanding of Russian interpersonal communication.
As guest editors for a special issue of RJC to be published in 2012, we welcome the submission of original papers on one of the following themes concerning Russian interpersonal communication: interpersonal communication in Russia or abroad; comparative studies of Russian interpersonal communication and others; interpersonal relationships (relational development, maintenance, and dissolution); face-to-face and mediated interpersonal communication and relationships; interpersonal conflict; language and social interaction; intercultural interpersonal communication; gender, ethnic, and inter-generational differences in i…

Princeton University Symposium on Sufism and Islam in Central Asia

Princeton University Symposium on Sufism and Islam in Central Asia
October 21-22, 2011

Day One (Friday, October 21):

9:30 am-9:50 am Welcome and Introductions – Muhammad Qasim Zaman (Princeton University), Symposium Chair

9:50 am-10:15 am Opening Address – Devin DeWeese (Indiana University), Symposium Co-Chair

Session I (10:15 am-12:15 pm): Sources and Interpretative Strategies

Shahzad Bashir (Stanford University): “Genre, Narratives, Texts, and Manuscripts: A Heuristic for the Study of Central Asian Sufi Hagiography”

Jo-Ann Gross (The College of New Jersey): “The Biographical Tradition of Muḥammad Bashārā: Islamic Hagiography in Tajikistan”

Maria E. Subtelny (University of Toronto): “The Oeuvre of Ḥusayn Vā‘iẓ Kāshifī as a Source for the Study of Sufism in Early 16th-Century Central Asia”

Discussant: Jamal J. Elias (University of Pennsylvania)

12:30 pm-2:00 pm Lunch Break

Session II (2:00 pm-4:00 pm): Sufi Communities and Sources: Realignments from the Russian to the Post-S…