We just finished our second webinar in the Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents series. The slides are below. Up next we have …
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… American FactFinder and Census 2010
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.
In this third session we will be getting to know the new American FactFinder. The U.S. Census Bureau recently debuted a new interface for American FactFinder, its online database for distributing all data from its surveys. While the “legacy” interface is still available, it will be retired in September and the new interface will be the only option. Because the new interface is significantly different from the legacy one, users will want to begin familiarizing themselves with how it works. Enhancements will be made throughout the summer, so participants should expect a report on how it works right now and quirks to watch out for.
Michele Hayslett is the Data Services Librarian at the University Library of UNC at Chapel Hill. Previously, she was the Librarian for Data Services and Government Information at the NCSU Libraries from 2005 to 2008, and the Demographics Specialist at the State Library of North Carolina from 2000 to 2005. Census data has been a significant focus of her work throughout this time. At UNC, she is also one of the co-chairs of the Data Management Committee, which is working with campus partners to benchmark data management practices on campus and to assist researchers in formulating their data management plans for grant proposals. M.S.L.S., 1999, UNC at Chapel Hill; B.A. with honors, 1990, Earlham College.
We will meet together for Session #3, online on Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Please RSVP for the Session by June 8 at 5:00 pm using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session3
Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Elluminate. 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 (email@example.com). 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).