I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian…
My apologies to anyone who has used this title before, but well, you know, creativity and all that. Anyway, the NCLA’s Government Resources Section is trying out a webinar series starting in April and (fingers-crossed) having one once a month through the summer. Upcoming topics will include law, Economic Census, and lots more (maybe even military history??). I’ve opened this up to anyone hoping that our Elluminate software can manage it. Hope you can join us! It is a great prof dev opportunity to put on the pesky annual report.
Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions (or concerns). We can commiserate over a froyo.
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian…
For many reference staff, even those with years of reference experience, integrating government information into our ‘reference toolkit’ can be a daunting prospect. The proliferation of electronic government information means that reference staff will be expected to have knowledge of government information that was previously largely the purview of government documents staff.
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.
Our first session, “The Basics,” provides a general, basic overview of government information as it pertains to reference work. What types of information flow from the three branches of government that are important to your patrons? What major portals are most useful for finding U.S. Government information? What types of government statistics are available and how can they be found? What basic knowledge do I need to effectively locate government information?
The introductory session will be followed over the next few months by more specialized government information sessions on congressional materials, legal materials, government information for business, statistical resources, historical/genealogical resources, science, state-level information, and more.
Leader for the first session, “The Basics,” will be Bryna Coonin, M.L.I.S, M.B.A. Bryna served as a graduate student at UNC Libraries in the mid-1980’s for the late Ridley Kessler. She has worked as a reference librarian at the University of Georgia, NC State University, and is currently at Joyner Library, East Carolina University (ECU). Bryna taught basic reference for the School of Information & Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and basic reference and government documents courses for the graduate library school program at ECU. A longtime member of NCLA, she has chaired both the Reference & Adult Services Section (RASS) and the Government Resources Section (GRS).
We will meet together for Session #1: The Basics, online on Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP for the Session #1 by April 13: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session1
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. The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page at http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources .