Just posted the NCLA Government Resources Section Help! webinar from June on the changes to data access at the Census Bureau.
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.
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).
Interested in efforts to ensure access to gov info? Concerned about future access to our nation’s information heritage?
Check out the special issue pre-prints from Against the Grain from the issue that Shari Laster and I edited. The issue covers a wide range of topics, including the Data Refuge initiative, the End of Term Presidential ArchiveEnd of Term Presidential Archive, the PEGI Project and much more! We even have Canada!
Big thanks to Shari for agreeing to edit with me and to all the authors for being great colleagues!
Coming soon to a Congress near you …
We are mired in the current year budget process still, but soon the President will release the budget proposal for FY 2019. As such, the ALA Washington Office is preparing its campaign in case we see an attempt to cut federal library funding. While the campaign is still in the early stages and the FY 2019 proposal has not been received, the ALA Washington Office held a conference call today for state chapter councilors and leaders on the general timeline and provided a few resources. The shutdown has pushed back the cycle, but the budget should be coming in the next couple of weeks. In March, ALA will send out its Dear Appropriator letters to representatives and Senators and the long process of outreach will begin. You can do the following in the meantime:
- Sign up for ala.org/takeaction.
- Check out the #fundlibraries website.
- Start the process of inviting your representatives/senators to visit your library and show off your resources and services.
- Start collecting stories that demonstrate impact of library services based on concrete examples in your state. The #fundlibraries website will have a form for submitting stories, but go ahead and beginning gathering them now.
- Once the budget proposal is released and the campaign begins, you can contact you reps. The #fundlibraries website. will have real time information on whether they have signed the Dear Appropriator letters (example below). Please hold off on this step until the budget has been released and the campaign has begun.
The ALA Washington Office will give regular updates, especially once the budget proposal is available, but we can/should start the legwork to get ready!
This is from a recent email from the ALA Washington Office:
The Washington Office is following up last week’s net neutrality blog with an early analysis of the FCC’s draft order, as well as an action alert that ALA members can use to contact Congress. As we write in the blog, we believe FCC Chairman Pai likely has the three votes needed among FCC commissioners to pass the order. Contacting Members of Congress to pressure the Chairman is the most reasonable grassroots strategy as we prepare for the almost certain legal challenges to come.
Please share the blog post and action alert with your colleagues. We will continue our analysis and planning for how to best inform and engage ALA members as this issue continues to play out. The FCC vote is scheduled for December 14, so we are considering options for activities leading up to and during that day. Be assured we are watching this issue closely.
In case it comes up in any of your units, roundtables, or divisions— ALA has two net neutrality resolutions from 2006 and 2014. The first is a resolution affirming network neutrality and the second is a resolution reaffirming support.
- Resolution endorsed by ALA Council on June 28, 2006. Council Document 20.12 (CD#20.12):
- Resolution adopted by ALA Council on July 1, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Council Document 20.7 (CD#20.7):https://alair.ala.org/bitstream/handle/11213/1047/07-01-14-CD20.7.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
The Free Government Information (FGI) group has been active lately in light of attempts to revise Title 44, Chapter 19, the governing law for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP is what ensures your right to access government information freely through your local depository library (like UNCG) both now and in the long-term. The depository community is currently weighing in, but I firmly believe this is an issue that all Americans should learn, care, and speak out about.
FGI has made a call for specific proposals. I encourage you to read them, and then sign the petition “Protect the public right to govt information: help preserve and expand Title 44”. The group’s main activists are based in California and Alaska and were hoping to wake up to 100 signatures. They have 100 now. Let’s double or triple that, at least.
You can also write your Senators and representatives using the model of the letter Stanford Library Director Michael Keller made public. If you work at a library, please ask your Dean or Director to speak out!
In these troubled times, you can take tangible actions to protect our freedom by protecting our right to government information. Take action and PLEASE spread the word of the good work FGI is doing!