In the summer months I have more time for continuing education (and travel!) and have been attending a few meetings, conferences, and workshops. In the interest of sharing, I’m going to post some notes from the big ones. Enjoy!
On Friday, June 13 (scary), I attended the NCLA Government Resources Section’s annual workshop and business meeting. This is the group that puts on the most excellent webinar series ever! Check it! It was informative and a great opportunity to see some docs people from around the state.
North Carolina’s Regional Depository librarian, Beth Rowe from UNC Chapel Hill gave an update on the happenings at the GPO. And oh those kids are getting a bit cray. At the Depository Library Council the GPO announced a National Plan for the Future of the FDLP. It is not an official document but more like a vision. You can read more about it here. Those slides go into quite a bit of detail. The highlights are first that the name FDLP will be changed to Federal Information Access Library Program. In addition besides regional and selective depositories, we will also have Affiliated Federal Access Libraries, which will be small libraries with under 10,000 documents. These are just some highlights. More information can be found in the document and a lot more is to come. There isn’t a timeline yet for implementation because the GPO is gathering comments and suggestions during the summer conferences. Let them know your thoughts!
State Documents Update
Jennifer and Denise from the State Library’s Government Documents Clearinghouse provided a lot of information. Again here are some highlights. An exciting addition to their site is a research guides page. The NC session laws page is especially nice. Another really cool project is the Symphony Stories. These are digitized programs back to 1947 from the NCS Kids Young People’s Concerts. They are also working on digitizing several serials like Wildlife in NC. Pretty cool stuff.
The NC agencies aren’t the best about sending their documents to the clearinghouse, so Denise Jones is the person tasked to acquire information and documents from state agencies. She is pretty active in that process. Next year she will be targeting the community colleges in NC for documents acquisitions.
Phil McDaniel – Online Mapping Made Easy
McDaniel from UNC Chapel Hill talked about two platforms for quick and easy data mapping: ArcGIS Online through ESRI and Google Fusion. ESRI primarily has a subscription account, but you can do basic mapping for free through ArcGIS online, while Fusion tables is also free but doesn’t benefit from ESRI’s map catalog. The cool thing about Fusion is that you don’t need latitude and longitude coordinates for your data as the program looks for geography within your table. Of the two Fusion has the most promise for my work, but it will take some playing around. Summer project! His materials are available to download from Dropbox.
NC Open Government Coalition
This was a fun session on the NC Open Government Coalition’s work. This coalition includes NGOs, local governments, universities and more (NCLA!) that are interested in open government and advocating for best practices in government transparency. The Director Jonathan Jones talked about NCGS 132-1 the law that defines public records and discussed some of the exemptions to the law and why those documents might be exempt. It was a great discussion and I encourage you take a look at their materials. You can connect with them through facebook and they have an app. You can also email or call their hotline ( firstname.lastname@example.org / 336-278-5506).