UCB Libraries

Six-State Virtual Government Information Conference


This conference will take place August 11-13 and 16-17. It will be a free confence open to all, but we ask that all attendees register. Please check out the information below.

Conference Schedule

Please join the OPAL session room as early as 15 minutes before the session begins. This will allow time for possible necessary troubleshooting and allow the session to start on time. Unless noted otherwise, all sessions last an hour.

Wednesday, August 11

10am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
11am MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Welcome & Keynote
Speaker: Gabriela Schneider, from the Sunlight Foundation

Gabriela Schneider, Communications Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization involved in the open access of government information, will join us to discuss the history, mission and current work of the Sunlight Foundation including online resources for librarians. She’ll discuss the current state of open government on the federal level including policy, legislation, and what they’d like to see, and will cover other actors in the open government arena. Be sure to join and learn about an innovative player in the government information field!

THIS program may last until 11:30 MST-PDT/12:30 MDT.
2pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
3pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Making Documents Accessible
Speakers: Debra Van Tassel, CU-Boulder, Janet Fisher, Arizona State Library, Camille O'Neill, Arizona Western College.

What comes after Gi21 and good portals for federal government information.

Thursday, August 12

8:30am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
9:30am
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Federal Depository Basics
Speakers: Pat Ragains, University of Nevada-Reno and friends

For Beginners/Refreshers – 1-hour session for newbies or the new at heart
10am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
11am MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Census: Demographics & Business
Speaker: Jerry O'Donnell, U.S. Census Bureau

Mining the Census for assistance in demographic and business-related questions
12pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
1pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Open Forum: Let’s Talk!

Come join moderators Jennie and Sandy and other conference attendees for lunch - virtually! This segment includes discussion of your favorite government resources, help with tricky questions, and, if time allows, room for freewheeling conversation. It’ll also give you a chance to offer feedback on how the conference is going so far. Microphones will be enabled for speaking, or you can just chat or lurk!
2pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
3pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Digitization Panel
Speakers: James Mauldin, GPO; Mike Culbertson, TRAIL Project; Christopher C. Brown, U. of Denver

GPO Registry, standards; projects in depository libraries

Friday, August 13

8:30am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
9:30am
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Q & A with GPO
Speakers: Joe McClane, Laurie Hall, Kathy Brazee Bayer

Ask your questions of GPO personnel. Representatives will be available from outreach, cataloging, and collections.
10am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
11am MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Clickthrough Statistics
Speaker: Christopher C. Brown, University of Denver; Sue Kendall, San Jose State University

Tracking the use of government info through your library catalog; other statistics
12pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
1pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Q and A from the Regionals -- or Information you Wanted to Know about What Happens in your State
Speakers: Janet Fisher, Arizona State Library, Peggy Jobe, University of Colorado-Boulder, Pat Ragains, University of Nevada-Reno

The regional depository librarian is given responsibilities within the Federal Depository Library Program (44 USC 1912).

Three of the regional librarians will be available to answer any questions you may have -- whether you just want to know what "depositories" are and what they do or you have a specific detail that you never asked.

You had an opportunity to talk with GPO representatives earlier this morning. Here is your chance to find out details in your states.
2pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
3pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Marketing Our Collections & Services
Speakers: Sandy Rizzo, Mesa Public Library (AZ), Laurie Canepa, New Mexico State Library, and Mollie Gugler, Yavapai College Library (AZ)

From simple tips and tricks to 2.0 social networking – learn why and how to spread the word!

Monday, August 16

8:30am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
9:30am
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Next Level Docs
Speaker: Brad Vogus, ASU

You’ve done all the “have-to’s” – now, how do you bump it up to make a real impact in your community?
10am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
11am MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Moving to More Electronic – Deselecting and Transitioning
Speakers: Jennie Gerke, CU-Boulder, Louise Treff-Gangler, CU-Auraria and Sandy Rizzo, Mesa Public Libary

Guidance and views from the selective and regional perspectives
12pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
1pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Pacing yourself with PACER: Federal Court Filings at your Fingertips!
Speakers: Madeline Cohen and Amy Levine both of U.S. Courts Library for the Tenth Circuit

An overview of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database, including how to find federal filings.
2pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
3pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Maps & GIS
Speaker: Katie Lage, CU-Boulder

Explore the wide world of government maps and GIS

Tuesday, August 17

8:30am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
9:30am
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
International Sources & Statistics
Speaker: Kate Holvoet, University of Utah

Reference questions sometimes concern areas outside of the US. This session will share the best sources of government information for countries outside of the US, particularly the best online collections of international statistics.
10am MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
11am MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
FDsys
Speaker: Lee Warthen, University of Utah Law, Lisa LaPlant, GPO and Blake Edwards, GPO

Is it really the "next GPO Access"?
2pm
MST-PDT (AZ, NV)
3pm
MDT (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Strategic Planning for the Depository Program: Facing Challenges
Speakers
: Jennie Burroughs, University of Montana, Valerie Glenn, University of Alabama, Pat Ragains, UNR

The Federal Depository Library Program faces major challenges. Pat Ragains will provide an overview of the issues, Jennie Burroughs will talk about strategic planning among regionals, and Valerie Glenn will give an overview of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) initiative led by Judy Russell, Dean at the University of Florida and former Superintendent of Documents.