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).

NCLA GRS webinar on Census data access

Took a small break from webinaring to survive the semester. This summer NCLA GRS Help! is back with a hankering for gov info. We have webinars June, July, and August. Don’t miss out!
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Census Bureau Data Access
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 find American FactFinder challenging?  Well, get ready, because the Census Bureau is beta-testing a new data platform that will replace ALL of its data tools!  Michele Hayslett will give a brief overview of the process, the tools to be transferred, and the timeline; provide an orientation to the interface; and demonstrate a few searches.  You will receive the questions the Census Bureau would like testers of all skill levels to answer about their experiences with the new interface, and the email address to which to send feedback.
Michele Hayslett started learning about Census data when she worked as the Demographics Specialist at the State Library of North Carolina in the early 2000s, and hasn’t stopped learning.  She is currently the Librarian for Numeric Data Services and Data Management at UNC at Chapel Hill, working in the Davis Library Research Hub.
We will meet together online on June 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: http://bit.ly/GRS-Session78 
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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Ensuring access to government information

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!

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Get ready to support federal funding for libraries! #fundlibraries

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!

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