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.

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).

 

Money Matters: Financial Literacy Tools Webinar

Want to know more about the government’s personal finance tools? Have patrons who need assistance in financial matters? Check out this Help! webinar on the federal government’s financial literacy tools.

I am moving all of the “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian” webinars to our YouTube channel and want to highlight a few of the most popular. This is a great one to start with because it was an excellent presentation and a timely topic. Hope you find it helpful!

And big thanks to NewsBank, Readex, and GODORT for providing funding to purchase software to convert and clean these recordings through the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant

New NCLA GRS Help! Webinar

The NCLA Government Resources Section runs a webinar series on government-related topics, and all the recordings are free and available on our website. Our next webinar is in March. Just in time for Sunshine Week, we will have the National Institute on Money in State Politics with us! Join us!

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … National Institute on Money in State Politics

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.

Edwin Bender, executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, has been connecting the dots between campaign finance and public policy for more than a decade. He promotes the free use of the Institute’s comprehensive, highly credentialed political donor information by investigative journalists, scholars examining state elections and public-policy processes, and attorneys involved in campaign-finance litigation—and is now focused on empowering librarians across the country.

What could YOU do with $2 billion? That’s the amount contributed to candidates and committees for 2014 state races. And why would there be so much monetary interest in these races? Sometimes legislators vote in obvious ways—and sometimes constituents wonder what may have prompted a certain vote. Ditto for governors and, now more than ever, our elected judiciary. Join Ed to learn how to research a state candidate’s donor base, the top-giving industries, and possible connections between contributors, proposed legislation, and lobbyists.

We will meet together for Session #45, online on March 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by March 18 using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session45

Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam@uncg.edu). You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.

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