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).

NCLA GRS Webinar on Brexit Resources

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … The road to BREXIT, and the paths beyond
 
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.
 
The United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community on 1st January 1973. On 5th June 1975, the Labour government of Harold Wilson held a referendum, which ratified the decision to join. On 26th June 2016, the Conservative government of David Cameron held another referendum (only the third in recent, British history), which resulted in the decision to withdraw from the European Union. In BREXIT, over 40 years of British constitutional evolution came to an abrupt halt.
 
This webinar will examine sources that chart the “road to BREXIT” and beyond. The webinar will discuss how such sources mark the United Kingdom’s often uneasy relationship with the EU (including its predecessors, the EC and EEC) and document the UK’s journey within the EU from 1st January 1973 to 26th June 2016. At time of writing, David Cameron’s successor, Theresa May, seeks re-election in a general election defined by BREXIT, while other British political parties advocate the need for further referenda on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The road to the BREXIT referendum’s leave vote may have ended, but the pathways that stem from BREXIT are uncertain.
 
Howard S. Carrier completed an LL.B.(Hons.) and an LL.M. in the Law of Human Rights & Civil Liberties at the University of Leicester, thereafter working as Research Associate at the Business School of the University of Nottingham for projects investigating litigation funding and access to justice. Subsequently he taught Constitutional & Administrative Law as Lecturer in Law at the University of Sunderland, before relocating to the United States in 2005. His past dozen years include the MSLS program at UNC-CH SILS, and subsequent appointments as Reference Librarian at Valdosta State University, and his current post as Copyright Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian at James Madison University.
 
We will meet together for Session #71, online on Wednesday, May 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link:  http://tinyurl.com/grs-brexit
 
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).
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Upcoming Help! webinar

This one is sure to be fun! Katharin is always a great presenter and has great jokes!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Introduction to Research Data Management for Librarians

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.

What is it? Why should you care? What can librarians do about it? Webinar will present an overview of Research Data Management including: data management planning, how data fits into the research lifecycle and scholarly communication, and key resources/strategies for liaison librarians working with faculty and other researchers.

Katharin Peter is the Social Sciences Data Librarian for the Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs at the University of Southern California. She has a BA in Sociology, a Master’s in Library & Information Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science & Technology.

We will meet together online on January 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session66

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).

New climate change report from the EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has publishedscreenshot_2016-08-02_00-00-50 its ‘Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016 (Fourth Edition)’report.

From the report “The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities. EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.”

 

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian turns 60! #alaac16

The Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian webinar series has hit its 60th webinar since it started in 2011. I know it isn’t about the numbers, but, what can I say, I’m a data librarian. We haven’t done one on data.gov, so I am excited to see this. Hope you can join us!

And don’t forget to follow our YouTube Channel. If we get enough followers, we can have our own custom URL!! I just uploaded our May webinar on Legal Research.

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … The APIs of Data.gov

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.

Have you ever heard people talking about APIs and wondered what they are and why someone would use them? Have you ever tried to use Data.gov and felt overwhelmed by all of the different data formats available? This webinar aims to answer these questions by explaining APIs and their purpose, showing how to navigate Data.gov and understand the different data types offered, and demonstrate how you can leverage APIs in your projects.

Julia Frankosky is the Government Information Librarian at Michigan State University. She received a MLIS from Wayne State University and a B.A. in History from Michigan State University.

We will meet together for Session #60 online on Tuesday, July 26 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link:  http://tinyurl.com/grs-session60

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).

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The Help! Gov Info Webinar series is going for the big time! #alaac15

Summer projects are a great thing. This summer a big focus of my time will be converting our webinar series to accessible, embeddable YouTube videos. The series is called “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian” and is organized by the North Carolina Library Association’s Government Resources Section. The series has been ongoing since April 2011 and we have 48 webinars available on a variety of topics, from government data to genealogy to congressional history. The series was geared originally to librarians who were asked to take on government information duties without training, but anyone is welcome to attend and there are lots of topics of wider interest.

The webinars take place live in UNCG’s Blackboard Collaborate software, which has worked great, but the recordings are not very accessible. They require Java and are not easily embeddable in LibGuides, etc. This is a major problem for a lot of our clientele like public librarians and even the public to be honest. So, rather than hiding this excellent resource we decided to figure out a solution.

Enter out Help! YouTube channel. This is definitely a work in progress, so if you have suggestions, please get in touch. We have been asked to archive them through Internet Archive as well.  For each webinar I am downloading as MPEG-4 and then cleaning up the recording.  To do this I needed a solid video tutorial software. I have an older version of Camtasia at work that has a mind of its own (and doesn’t work). So rather than offering up my first born for a new version (I kinda like my cats), I decided to apply for an award that would pay for it. Luckily, I won the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Award from the ALA Government Documents Round Table. It will help pay for Camtasia on my personal computers, a copy that I can give to NCLA in case there are other sections that would like to use it, and some will be leftover for travel to promote the series at conferences.

I will be adding webinars throughout the summer. The cleaning process can take a while so I am asking people to give me suggestions for priority webinars. If you have a favorite from our list, let me know. My goal is for this to be a FREE and accessible resource for all information specialists/librarians/reference gurus out there. Because after all, government information should be free!