Webinar on Congressional Research Service Reports

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This webinar is one not to miss no matter your area of librarianship.  CRS Reports are excellent, detailed discussions of the diversity of topics covered by the federal government, which is almost every area of life. If you are a reference or instruction librarian, check this one out!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Congressional Research Service Reports 

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.

Do you want to make the most out of Congressional Research Service reports? Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress and former CRS legislative attorney, will showcase everycrsreport.com, an innovative new website that puts a modern face to these authoritative reports.

We will meet together online on Thursday, July 18th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: https://tinyurl.com/grssession88

Presenter: Daniel Schuman leads Demand Progress and Demand Progress Education Fund’s efforts on issues that concern governmental transparency/accountability/reform, civil liberties/national security, and promoting an open internet. He co-founded the Congressional Data Coalition, which brings together organizations from across the political spectrum to advocate for a tech-savvy Congress. Daniel directs the Advisory Committee on Transparency, which supports the work of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, and is a fellow at CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. His new website, EveryCRSReport, recently won a ‘le hackie’ award from D.C. Legal Hackers. In 2016 Daniel was named to the FastCase 50 and in 2013 Daniel was named among the ‘top 25 most influential people under 40 in gov and tech’ by FedScoop. He is a nationally recognized expert on federal transparency, accountability, and capacity and has testified before Congress and appeared on NPR, C-SPAN, and other news outlets. He previously worked as policy director at CREW; policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation; and as a legislative attorney with the Congressional Research Service. Daniel graduated cum laude from Emory University School of Law. 

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).

TBT: History of the Census with Help!

I have been very honored by the recognition recently for my work and the work of others on the NCLA GRS Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian. This series, however, wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Bryna Coonin at East Carolina University who was our presenter for the first webinar on April 14, 2011. This session was called “The Basics” and she provided a basic overview of government information.

She also gave our 25th webinar two years later in April 2013 on the history of the Census. In the spirit of Census 2020 preparations, I thought this would be a good webinar to re-share. It provides a fantastic overview of the major changes in the US Census over the years.

You can see more Census related webinars on our custom playlist.

From Canadian docs to NC data

The most recent Help! webinar on Canadian federal government information is up on our YouTube channel. Check it out and sign up for our next webinar on NC data on June 7!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… The New Log Into North Carolina (LINC)

The Log Into North Carolina (LINC) is data tool that has been hosted by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM) for over 30 years. LINC coordinates demographic and statistical information for North Carolina, counties, and cities/towns reported by state and federal agencies and provides historic data in some cases as far back as 1969 to projected data items to as far as 2038.

An OSBM team has worked with OpenDataSoft to create a new version of LINC that utilizes open data to expand available data and enhances features to include data visualization, bulk data downloads, and mapping. The new version of LINC allows the public to view data but also allows registered users to save visualizations and receive notifications of dataset updates. In the near future, LINC will have a secure area that will allow OSBM staff to join LINC data with internal data for analysis, evaluation, and planning. The initial version of LINC is now available, and is still a work in progress. Your experiences and suggestions will improve the final product; feedback may be shared at https://linc.osbm.nc.gov/.  

Presenter: Bob Coats is an analyst in the Demographic and Economic Analysis section of the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM), the Governor’s Census Liaison, and the coordinator of the North Carolina State Data Center network – a dissemination partnership between the US Census Bureau and 45 affiliate organizations statewide.

We will meet together online on Friday June 7th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: https://tinyurl.com/grssession87

We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the sessions 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).

Sign up on our google form if you would like to receive notices about the webinar series.

Upcoming NCLA GRS Help! Webinar: O Canada

Our next Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian webinar is going international with An Introduction to Researching Canadian Federal Documents!

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Gov Info Canadian Style!

From the use of the metric system to the spelling of catalogue with a “u”, Canada can seem like a foreign country sometimes… That’s because it is! This session will explore the unique structures and institutions of the federal Canadian government as well as the publishing practices and key tools necessary for researching the documentary output of the parliament and government of your neighbour to the North.

Our presenter, Nicholas Worby, is the Government Information and Statistics Librarian at the University of Toronto. He provides reference and instruction for domestic and international government documents and statistics. He also oversees collection development for government information and coordinates the University’s web archiving program.

We will meet together online on Wednesday, May 1st from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session: http://tinyurl.com/grssession86  We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.

Sign up on our google form if you would like to receive notices about the webinar series.

December Help! Webinar on Social Work Resources

Time to sign up for our December Help! Gov Info webinar.  And our November recording on presidential research is posted below!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Government Information for Social Workers: From students to professionals

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.

From regulations to statistics, government information resources are highly utilized and embedded within the field of social work. The type of resources and depth of information needs often vary based on career stages. This webinar will examine the various government information needs ranging from undergrads in BSW programs to licensed professionals. The presenter will cover strategies for subject liaisons to better understand local social work information needs. It will also include relevant website recommendations for inclusion on library online research guides.

Presenter: Michelle Donlin is the Scholarly Communications and Research Librarian and subject liaison for Social Work at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, PA. She also serves as Kemp Library’s depository coordinator and holds an MLS with a concentration in E-Government Librarianship from the University of Maryland.

We will meet together online on Thursday December 6th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: https://tinyurl.com/grssession82

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).

 

And from November …

NCLA GRS webinar on Providing Health Information Services STAT

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Providing Health Information Services STAT (IN CONJUNCTION WITH NCLA STEM)

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.

This talk will cover the medical information reference interview and the uniqueness of health questions. This webinar will give an overview of recommended resources from MedlinePlus.gov and NCHealthInfo.org.

Presenters:

Terri Ottosen, MLIS, AHIP, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In her position, Terri works to advance the library’s community engagement activities and manages and develops health literacy, consumer health and patient education resources and services for health professionals and students. She also provides outreach to the citizens of North Carolina through NC Health Info, working directly with public libraries and community agencies. She has served on many professional committees and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Sarah Jeong, MLIS, Research & Instruction Librarian for Science, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

Sarah is the subject specialist responsible for course-integrated research instruction, research metrics consultation, literature research consultation for undergraduates and graduate students, and collection management in her designated liaison areas. She is one of the original section editors of NC Health Info and is a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.

We will meet together online on July 24th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: https://tinyurl.com/grssession-79

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).