July = 2 New Help! Webinars
Published June 19, 2012
Tags: government information, government resources section, help!
Help!, the NCLA Government Resources Section webinar series, is hitting a milestone. It is turning 18! Well, we are hitting our 18th webinar. The 19th webinar is also in the works and more information about that soon. Both will be in July and you should join us!
At the June webinar we learned how to find and report those pesky fugitive documents. It was excellent. Become a fugitive hunter! Recording and slides will be available on our website soon.
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Mooooooore Data at the USDA!
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. This webinar is jointly sponsored by the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology
Join us on Thursday, July 12 at 12:00 pm (ET) for a session on the US Department of Agriculture’s resources. The USDA website provides a wealth of data for users. Of course, much of it is about agriculture, but the USDA is also a great source for data you might not expect such as nationwide broadband adoption, food insecurity, and weather. The USDA also provides access to data from other agencies, such as population data, in forms easier to use than the source. However, the depth of content on the USDA site comes at the cost of ease of use. This session will highlight the diversity of data available from USDA and provide tips for navigating the site in order to locate datasets and databases within.
Amy West has been the Data Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota since 2007. From 1999 to 2006, she was the Electronic Government Publications Librarian at the University of Minnesota. As a result, she has particular expertise in US government data sources.
We will meet together for Session 18, online on Thursday, July 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Please RSVP for the Session by July 11 at 5:00 pm using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session18
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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).