We have a great new Help! webinar headed your way in June. I’ve seen Katharin do a similar session before and she is the bomb (disclaimer: and my co-author). Good times right here.
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Just the Facts, Ma’am! Getting Started with the U.S. Census & American FactFinder
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.
The U.S. Census and American Community Survey provide a wealth of social, economic, and housing information of use to social scientists, policy-makers, social workers, community activists, and anyone interested in understanding a specific population or community. For many, however, the complexity of the American FactFinder interface can be a hurdle to getting started. This webinar will provide a concise introduction to the U.S. Census and American Community Survey focusing on the background information necessary for understanding and using current population statistics and the steps to successfully navigate American FactFinder in order to obtain the statistics you need. You don’t need to be a statistician to use these great statistics! This webinar will be useful for librarians new to the Census as well as those looking for new ways to present American FactFinder to users.
Katharin Peter is the Social Sciences Data Librarian for the International and Public Affairs Library at the University of Southern California. She has a BA in Sociology, an MLIS, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science & Technology. She is also an adjunct lecturer for the San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science where she teaches courses on data librarianship and survey research methods.
We will meet together for Session #27, online on June 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by June 11 at 5:00 pm using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session27
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 (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).