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FGI Guest blogger for October, 2012: Malcolm Byrne from the National Security Archive @Malcolm_Byrne @NSArchive

Hi everyone. We’ve got a special treat for you this month. Malcolm Byrne, Deputy Director and Director of Research at the National Security Archive at George Washington University, has agreed to take a round on the guest blogger dais. Malcolm’s main areas of specialization are U.S.-Iran relations and the Superpower rivalry during the Cold War. His latest book is Becoming Enemies: U.S.-Iran Relations and the Iran-Iraq War, 1979-1988 (with James G. Blight, et al) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Malcolm gave a fascinating keynote talk (audio) (+ powerpoint slides!) at the 2012 Six-State Virtual Government Information Conference. But if you missed that, you can catch his upcoming talk at the Fall 2012 Depository Library Conference on Tuesday October 16 from 4 – 5:30.

Take it away Malcolm!

Peggy Jarrett: blogger of the month for September, 2011

Peggy Jarrett is the Documents and Reference Librarian at the Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington School of Law. She’s been at Gallagher for 21 years, and before that, spent 7 years working as a law firm librarian in Seattle and Washington D.C.

Her interest in government information dates back to the summer of 1973, when as an impressionable youth, she spent the summer watching the Watergate hearings. She is particularly interested in public access to state legal information and the intersection of reference and collection development. Her favorite part of her job is talking to students from the Law Librarianship Program at the UW Information School about government documents. She is currently a member of the Depository Library Council.

Pratt SILS students, bloggers of the month for October 2010

Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science (SILS)
October 2010
FGI Guest Blogging Biographies

Johanna Blakely-Bourgeois started her career as an attorney, having worked in the real estate industry for 8 years in New York City and having litigated bankruptcy and foreclosure cases for 2 years in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey prior to that. She is currently a full-time graduate student at Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, navigating the world of librarianship technology and terminology. Currently studying French and a former student of German, she seeks one day to steer her librarianship career into international waters.

Krissa Corbett Cavouras worked as a writer and editor before beginning her master’s degree in Information and Library Science at Pratt SILS. Her focus is on issues of copyright and open access, and her concentration at Pratt has been in legal research and government documents. She has worked at the Bar Association of the City of New York in their Library, and for the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University Libraries. She currently serves as Dr. Pattuelli’s Graduate Assistant at Pratt SILS.

Sara Medlicott is a Masters Candidate at the Pratt School of Information and Library Science. She is currently working on a digitization project at the Pratt Center for Community Development and volunteering with Correctional Services at New York Public Library. This past summer, Sara served as visiting library faculty at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City, where she taught a course on digital research.

Emily Keller, Blogger of the month August, 2010

Emily Keller is the Political Science and Public Affairs Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries. Her primary focus is on reference and instruction, but she is also a self-described govpubs groupie with an interest in gov/mil 2.0 and integrating government information into general reference and instruction. You can find her on twitter too.

Tom Moritz: BOTM for January, 2010

Tom Moritz has been a librarian and advocate for knowledge equity since 1975. He has broad experience from the local to the international level in public and private sector libraries of all types. He has performed extensive contract work for US EPA, NOAA, The National Academies and the University of Washington, has won grants from the Mellon Foundation, the US National Science Foundation and The Sloan Foundation (in conjunction with the Internet Archive). He has been successful in winning substantial support from private donors. In 2005, he served as Visiting Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He is a regular participant in professional peer review activities including advisory boards and grant reviewing and is editor and author of many publications and presentations.