School of Information
 Previously School of Library & Information Studies

 Friday Afternoon Seminar on Information Access: Schedule.
  296a-1 Seminar: Information Access, Fall 2021.
  Summaries. Email list.

Fridays 3-5 pm. Some sessions will be Zoom only. Some in-person only. See each announcement. The mode for most sessions has not yet been decided.
Campus policy requires all Zoom participants to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings hosted by UC Berkeley.
A link to each Zoom Seminar session is available only at the School's event listing:
Everyone interested is welcome!

    Leonardo BURSZTYN, Univ. of Chicago: Disguising Prejudice: Popular Rationales as Excuses for Intolerant Expression.
    How popular rationales enable public anti-minority actions. Rationales to oppose minorities genuinely persuade some people, but they also serve as "excuses" that may reduce the stigma associated with anti-minority expression. In a first experiment, people who donated to an anti-immigrant organization are seen as less intolerant if they were first exposed to a study claiming that immigrants disproportionately commit violent crimes. In additional experiments, participants are more willing to publicly donate to an anti-immigrant organization and post anti-immigrant content on social media when they can use popular rationales as an excuse. Our findings suggest that prominent public figures can lower the cost of intolerant expression by popularizing rationales,enabling public anti-minority behavior.
    Leonardo Bursztyn is Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and here on sabbatical leave. His current research uses field experiments to understand how individuals make schooling, consumption, political, and financial decisions -— and in particular how these decisions are shaped by individuals’ social environment. He is the co-director of the Becker Friedman Institute Political Economics Research Initiative, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow at the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and an affiliate at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He is also the recipient of a 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship. More at

Oct 8: ZOOM ONLY: START AT 2:30 pm.
    The School's 103rd Birthday Celebration.
    Details at

Oct 15: To be announced.
Oct 22: IN PERSON. Alan INOUYE, ALA: Whiplash: Library & Education Public Policy in the Covid Era.
Oct 29: ZOOM ONLY. Guenther WAIBEL, California Digital Library: Goodbye Melvyl. Hello UC Library Search.
Nov 5: IN PERSON. Charles FAULHABER, Bancroft Library: PhiloBiblon: From Siloed Databases to Linked Open Data via Wikibase: Proof of Concept.
Nov 12: IN PERSON: Mary ELINGS and Christina FIDLER, Bancroft Library: Building a Born Digital Archives Program at the Bancroft Library.
Nov 19: Clifford LYNCH: Capital Investments in the Digital Environment.
Nov 26: Thanksgiving: No Seminar meeting.
Dec 3: Last Seminar meeting of semester: Clifford Lynch.

The Seminar will resume for the Spring semester.
  Spring 2021 schedule and summaries.