Summer projects are a great thing. This summer a big focus of my time will be converting our webinar series to accessible, embeddable YouTube videos. The series is called “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian” and is organized by the North Carolina Library Association’s Government Resources Section. The series has been ongoing since April 2011 and we have 48 webinars available on a variety of topics, from government data to genealogy to congressional history. The series was geared originally to librarians who were asked to take on government information duties without training, but anyone is welcome to attend and there are lots of topics of wider interest.
The webinars take place live in UNCG’s Blackboard Collaborate software, which has worked great, but the recordings are not very accessible. They require Java and are not easily embeddable in LibGuides, etc. This is a major problem for a lot of our clientele like public librarians and even the public to be honest. So, rather than hiding this excellent resource we decided to figure out a solution.
Enter out Help! YouTube channel. This is definitely a work in progress, so if you have suggestions, please get in touch. We have been asked to archive them through Internet Archive as well. For each webinar I am downloading as MPEG-4 and then cleaning up the recording. To do this I needed a solid video tutorial software. I have an older version of Camtasia at work that has a mind of its own (and doesn’t work). So rather than offering up my first born for a new version (I kinda like my cats), I decided to apply for an award that would pay for it. Luckily, I won the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Award from the ALA Government Documents Round Table. It will help pay for Camtasia on my personal computers, a copy that I can give to NCLA in case there are other sections that would like to use it, and some will be leftover for travel to promote the series at conferences.
I will be adding webinars throughout the summer. The cleaning process can take a while so I am asking people to give me suggestions for priority webinars. If you have a favorite from our list, let me know. My goal is for this to be a FREE and accessible resource for all information specialists/librarians/reference gurus out there. Because after all, government information should be free!
A bit amazed by this … These are NCLA Gov Resources Section’s webinars (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources/help-im-accidental-government-information-librarian-webinars) since April 2011. We will be three years old in April and still going strong. Thanks to all of our volunteers! You make this possible!
April: The basics with Bryna Coonin
May: Genealogy Using Government Information with Jane Johnson
June: American Community Survey and Census 2010 with Michele Hayslett
June: Economic Census with Mray Scanlon
July: Beyond Google: Effective Patent Searching in Every Library with David Zwicky and Hyun-Duck Chung
July: Resources for Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their Families with David Durant
September: Good Health (Information) in North Carolina with Rebecca Hyman
September: State Agency Databases with Daniel Cornwall
November: Beginner’s Guide to Legislative History with Rebecca Hyman
November: Maps and geospatial information from the federal government with Marcy Bidney
December: PubMed, PubMed Central, and Medlineplus – What’s the difference? with Lea Leininger
January: Creative Commons with Rosalind Tedford
February: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) with Beth Ann Koelsch
February: Government Resources of the European Union with Howard Carrier
April: International Government information with Jim Church
May: American Community Survey with Michele Hayslett
June: Hunting Down Fugitives and What to Do With Them Once You Found Them with Vicki Tate
September: Researching the House Un-American Activities Committee with David Durant
September: Mooooooore Data at the USDA! with Amy West
November: United Nations Statistics and Data Resources with Melanie Maskin
December: British and Commonwealth legal materials with Howard Carrier
January: Information for International Development: Poverty Reduction, International Organizations, and Civil Society with Jim Church
February: Homeland Security Digital Library with Greta Marlatt
March: All you ever wanted to know about Economic Indicators! with Mary Scanlon
April: Come to Your Census: the development of the U.S. Census from its inception to the present with Bryna Coonin
May: Legal Research …Without the Law Library with Jennifer Behrens
June: Just the Facts, Ma’am! Getting Started with the U.S. Census & American FactFinder with Katharin Peter
August: Climbing Capitol Hill: The Basics of Congressional Research with Rosalind Tedford
August: Historical Economic Data Sources & Economic Time Travel with Pamela Campbell
October: I Didn’t Know I Could Do That!: using government and government-related websites for research on just about anything Alex Simons
November: Geocoding for Beginners with Christine Murray
December: Secrets of the Congressional Record with Melanie Maksin
February: Keeping up with Congress with Jeremy Darrington
March: Tracking Federal Legislation with Pix Fleming