Help! webinar for August

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … State Agency Databases Project, finding and sharing agency databases by subject map-1149538_960_720

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.

Join Daniel Cornwall for a short exploration of the State Agency Databases Project of ALA GODORT. Daniel will show the types of resources through the project and the new auto-updating subject compilations the LibGuides platform has enabled. He will conclude with how to contribute new databases to the project and how to share content from the project on your own LibGuides and web pages.

Daniel Cornwall is the Internet and Technology Consultant for the Alaska State Library. He has over a decade of experience in federal and state government information. He has led the State Agency Databases Project for ALA GODORT since July 2017. When not doing library or government information type stuff he enjoys hiking, reading and working on citizen science projects at zooniverse.org. More professional information about Daniel can be found on his LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielcornwall/.

We will meet together online on August 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session73

We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.

The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).

Learn about EPA info resources with Help!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Preserving the Environment: Information Resources of the EPA

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.

epa-logoThe EPA’s National Library Network consists of 25 libraries and repositories located in the Agency’s offices, research centers, and specialized laboratories. The Library Network serves the needs of EPA staff and the public by using the latest information technologies and innovative services to acquire, organize, and deliver timely access to information. Areas of focus include basic and applied sciences, management, legal information, and other special topics. This presentation covers several aspects of EPA library collections, including the EPA National Library Catalog, the National Service Center for Environmental Publications, epa.gov, and some information about the EPA publication process.

Anthony Holderied is the Assistant Director of the Library at the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, NC, operating under the contract of the School of Information and Library Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anthony has 10 plus years of experience providing research assistance and instruction at a variety of libraries and academic institutions, and has also worked as an instructional technologist. He has published and presented in the fields of information literacy and educational technology and holds a Master of Library Science and Master of Arts in Educational Media.

We will meet together for Session #72, online on Thursday, June 8 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link:  http://tinyurl.com/grs-session72

We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.

The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).

 

Spring into Science Webinar Series

Let’s celebrate science! The NCLA Government Resources Section and the NCLA STEM-LINC section are joining together for a semester of science related webinars. We are kicking off with a webinar with our favorite former North Carolinian/geospatial librarian, Hannah!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Finding geological materials through the U.S. Geological Survey
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association and the STEM Librarianship in North Carolina (STEM-LINC) Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to “Spring into Science”, a series of webinars this spring designed to help us increase our familiarity with scientific government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
What are the tricks you can use to search for and find US geological materials? Be a geo-detective with USGS documents, maps and data. This webinar will give an overview of resources available in The National Map, USGS Science Data Catalog and USGS Publications Warehouse, including how to find geological and historical topographic maps.
Hannah Hamalainen is the Geospatial and Earth Sciences Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is the current president of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). She is an advocate for data visualization, science communication, geoscience education, and developing critical thinkers using information literacy. Her research interests include using remote sensing and geospatial technologies to solve problems in the natural world.
Join us on Monday, 2/27/17. We’ll meet together from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session67
We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.atom-1472657_960_720.png
Please save the date for future “Spring into Science” sessions:
  • March 20: NASA data and docs
  • April 19: NOAA data and docs
  • May (TBA): EPA data and docs
The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).
NC House and Senate votes during special session #ncga #ncpol

NC House and Senate votes during special session #ncga #ncpol

Some citizens on Twitter were requesting a list of #NCGA Representatives/Senators voting records against their re-election dates. All Senators and Reps go up for re-election in 2018, but with the US District Court decision in November, 28 districts must be redrawn and a special election held in March. Redistricting could, and is likely to, impact more than those 28 districts. All are assuming (I would assume) that they are going to need to run in the special election.

So, here is a spreadsheet of the House and Senate votes during the special session. I have linked to the webpages with the roll call and bill information for each bill in the top of each column. The most significant bills were HB 17 and SB 4. I will get to the Senate later tonight. If you see any mistakes or have questions, just tweet me at @lyndamk

We (the UNCG documents manager and I) have also created a spreadsheet with the contact info, social media links, and google news feeds for all Senators and Representatives. You can use this to contact your elected officials. If you don’t know your district, use this map.

An interesting thing to note is the lack of unity among the Democrats. This could indicate that people are less ideologically driven and more attuned to their constituents, but we need to start asking why they decided to vote the way they did. Your leaders should try to represent a wide base of constituent interests. If they don’t, hold them accountable and work to unseat them by speaking out, volunteering, donating, and voting.

Down ballot elections are your daily life. Never forget what your local and state leaders do.

Addition: If you want to run for NCGA, check out this FACT sheet from the NC State Board of Elections or if you want to run for local office.