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Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

Tune in Weds 9:30 am PST to KCSB FM Santa Barbara to hear FGI talk about all things Title 44!

UPDATE 11/28/2017: The audio of our interview is now safely preserved and available at the Internet Archive!


Our pals Gary Colmenar and Elizabeth Robinson cohost the radio show “No Alibis” on KCSB Santa Barbara wednesdays from 9am – 11am. No Alibis is a “Critical look at news, both domestic and international, from the dystopian to the utopian.” And this Wednesday November 22 at around 9:30am Pacific, you’ll have your chance to hear Shari Laster and I wax utopian about all things Title 44. Stream it live over the internet! If you can’t tune in at 9:30am (and really, what else do you have to do at that time?!) we’ll be posted the audio for your listening pleasure shortly after the show is done.

And of course, as any govinfo wonk worth her salt, we gave Gary and Elizabeth some background readings so they’ll be able to keep their heads above the weeds.

Background readings:

Lunchtime listen: Jacobs and Jacobs interviewed on the Library Cafe

Jim and I had a great time last week talking with Thomas Hill about FGI, the FDLP, and the future of government information. Tom is a librarian at Vassar College and hosts the Library Café, a “weekly program of table talk with scholars, artists, publishers and librarians about books, ideas, and the formation and circulation of knowledge.” Thanks Tom for the opportunity to talk about the future of the FDLP and government information and for allowing us to upload a copy of the audio file to the Internet Archive.


2005 Nevada Library Association Annual Conference: “Who’s government information? Our government information.”

Nevada Library Association 2005 Annual Conference: “Who’s government information? Our government information.” Daniel Cornwall (Preservation), James R. Jacobs (Privacy), ShinJoung Yeo (Access).

2010 iConference: “The future of government Information”

At iConference 2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I organized and participated on the panel, “Future of Government Information” with Tom Bruce (Cornell Legal Information Institute), Daniel Schuman (Sunlight Foundation) and Cindy Etkin (Government Printing Office (GPO)). My slides and notes are online.

FGI speaking engagements

Below are a list of places and conferences to which FGI volunteers have been invited to speak about the future of government information.

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