I am pretty happy to announce this. The NCLA Government Resources Section has hit its 25th webinar in 2 years! Our first webinar presenter, Bryna Coonin, return to talk about the history of the US Census. It is hard to believe that we hit two years and 25 sessions, but yay! Help us celebrate by joining us! If you are interested in our previous webinars (or membership), you can find more information here: http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … “Come to Your Census: the development of the U.S. Census from its inception to the present”
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.
A census is a count of a country’s population as of a fixed date, to assess whether its population is growing, stable, or declining, and what the population looks like in terms of characteristics. Censuses have been taken since ancient times, but few censuses can rival the United States Census in richness and value for us as government information professionals. Mandated in 1787 as a mechanism for determining political representation for each state in the House of Representatives, the census has been taken decennially since 1790. Join us for a look at how this remarkable ongoing collation has developed and changed over the years, and how it provides researchers with vital information about changes in American society over time.
Bryna Coonin, M.L.I.S, M.B.A., is a member of the Research & Instructional Services Department at Joyner Library, East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, N.C. Bryna served as a graduate student at UNC Libraries in the mid-1980’s for the legendary regional documents librarian Ridley Kessler. She has worked as a reference librarian at the University of Georgia, and NC State University. In each of her reference assignments Bryna has remained intentionally and actively involved with state and federal government documents. 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 #25, online on April 22 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by April 21 at 5:00 pm using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session25
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 (lmkellam @ uncg.edu). 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).