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We Are All Suspects: A Guide for People Navigating the Expanded Powers of Surveillance in the 21st Century

A group of Rad Ref librarians recently put together a zine for librarians about surveillance. Includes "know your rights" info; suggestions for applications, browser plug-ins, and other tech tools for online privacy; and, of course, a reading list!

To transform this PDF into a zine, first print the odd pages. Then flip over the pages and print the evens on the reverse.

If you have comments or want to get involved in other such projects, get in touch with Alison at alisonmacrina at the gmail.

Outline and Notes from "Peeling the Onion: A Workshop on Research"


Peeling the Onion: A Workshop on Research

January 27, 2013
Park Slope Food Coop

Are you frustrated by how long it takes to find useful information about a given topic? Overwhelmed by the Internet and all the data out there? Unsure when to trust a source? Unable to translate your information needs to concrete queries?

Learn about the current information environment and how to navigate its layers for more fruitful searching sessions. Whether you're a student, a community activist, an independent journalist, or just someone who wants to be more efficient, come for research tips and tricks (and bring your own to share)!

Critical Librarianship Symposium Boston - Live Recording

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Boston Radical Reference Collective hosted a free symposium, Practical Choices for Powerful Impact: Realizin

Resources for Strategic Research

This is our all-encompassing resource sheet, with a printable PDF version attached below.

Getting Started

Business Research Workshop for the Labor Outreach Committee of OWS

On December 1, a few members of Rad Ref conducted a business research workshop for the Labor Outreach Committee of Occupy Wall Street. This is expected to be the first in a series, so stay tuned for more research resources in the coming year!

This page represents the introduction to the workshop, and four more sections plus a resource guide follow (links are also at the bottom of the page):

Case Studies

Case Study #1: Wendy's (a publicly-traded corporation)

Access to Research Collections

Public libraries

DIY FOIA Requests

The Freedom of Information Act

  • 1966: Enacted by Congress
  • 1996: Amended to encompass electronic records

The Research Process

Planning and managing the research process

  • Construct a research plan in order to stay on track, organize findings, allocate tasks, and track progress.

Eastern Iowa Collective

We are still in the process of getting going, but we're starting a local collective in Eastern Iowa. Folks can get in touch with us via radref.iowa@gmail.com

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