The NCLA Government Resources Section’s webinar series is up and running. We had a hugely successful kick-off webinar covering the basics of government information. At least 50 people participated with many logging on from a classroom with multiple attendees. We even had attendees from outside of NC. Remarkable turnout!
Up next we will be doing a subject I know absolutely nothing about, so I’m really excited. More information is below and I hope you can join us. I will post the calendar of events soon, but we have two sessions in the works for June–one on the Economic Census and other on the Census 2010. We are also planning sessions on patents and another on military history and documents.
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian Presents…Genealogy Using Government Information!
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 second session, “Genealogy Using Government Information,” will explore the different government resources you will use when researching family history. The most frequently used and obvious documents are from the U. S. Census Bureau. We will also cover online products from other sources, such as databases, libraries, state and local government offices, maps and photographs.
Leader for the second session will be Jane Johnson. Jane is a librarian in the special collections area of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room houses genealogical materials, state and local government documents, maps, and images. She began her library employment in 1996 and received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 1998.
We will meet together for Session #2: “Genealogy Using Government Information”, online on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
Please RSVP for the Session #2 by May 10 at 5:00 pm using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session2
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 at http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources