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Current Issue: Vol. 19, no. 11  (July 28, 2014)
A Current Awareness Service of Cornell Law Library
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China Labor Watch
    China Labor Watch (CLW) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 whose mission is the realization and defense of labor rights in China. Located in New York City, CLW has collaborated with unions, labor organizations and the media to conduct in-depth assessments of factories in China that produce toys, bikes, shoes, furniture, clothing, and electronics for some of the largest U.S. companies. Reports from these investigations are available on the website and can be sorted by Year, Industry, and Brand. The website educates the international community on supply chain labor issues, and pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers. The site reports that CLW’s Shenzhen office works with local factories and services migrant workers in Guangdong through a free legal consulting program, community training in collective bargaining, and training the trainer programs to enhance local labor movements. A “Resources” page provides extensive links to labor and human rights organizations in China and elsewhere. The site can be viewed in English or Chinese. There are social media links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and an RSS feed.
    [Author: S. Leers] (Beta)
    This site is the Library of Congress’s upgrade of its site, which it will be retiring at the end of 2014 (according to the website). Indeed, the Thomas website already forwards its visitors here. According to information on the website, “the new platform enhances access through features such as videos explaining the legislative process, compatibility with mobile devices, and a user-friendly presentation.” It also provides single-search capability across all collections and dates, persistent URLs, and faceted search results. These improvements and a more welcoming interface make an extremely useful site for researchers on any level to find the US government’s official current information on Congress: committee reports, the Congressional Record, members of Congress, details and texts of bills. Treaties are still held at Thomas and a few of Thomas’s data sets are still being rendered compatible for inclusion into The website updates the Congressional activities within a day after a session ends. Also new is the ability to create an account so that you can save searches.
    [Author: J. Luke]
Free Government Information (FGI)
    Free Government Information (FGI) is a blog promoting free, stable, and perpetual access to government information. Founded by several noted government information librarians, including Jim A. Jacobs, the Data Services Librarian Emeritus at the University of California San Diego, and James R Jacobs, the US Government Information Librarian at Stanford University Libraries, FGI promotes dialogue and awareness about threats to access to government information and the lack of digital archiving of government information. As part of its advocacy efforts on behalf of information access, FGI often highlights humorous, important, or revelatory declassified government documents. In addition to its excellent blog, the FGI Library links to articles, papers, and presentations written by the FGI team. Dating from 1990 to the present, these writings are primarily in HTML and provide valuable analysis of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe), digital preservation and curation, and the future of government information. FGI also links to several free government information projects. Clicking on the "Less Access… " tab provides a link to a digital copy at the Internet Archive of “Less Access to Less Information by and about the US Government,” a chronology from 1981-1998 produced by the American Library Association showing federal government efforts to privatize or decrease information access, often in response to budget cuts. On this same page, the FGI team lists links to their own analysis on that topic. The "LostDocs" link clicks through to the LostDocs Project blog, which inventories documents submitted to the Government Printing Office’s Lost Docs Reporting Form for cataloguing. FGI’s "StateDocs" tab links to the Free State Government Information website, which advocates for state governments to cease claiming a copyright interest in their government publications. And because not all government information should be serious, FGI also links to the Best.Titles.Ever. blog, a fun compendium of amusing government documents. The FGI website is a gold mine for librarians, researchers, and public citizens who care about freely accessible government information.
    [Author: I. Haight]

InSITE contributors: I. Haight, S. Leers. J. Luke, J. Pajerek (editor)


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