Training and Events

Educating the Federal depository library community on Federal government information resources and program administration is important in an ever-changing library and information environment. GPO is committed to wide-ranging ongoing training efforts.

About the Community Training Program

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has a community training program that focuses on topics of U.S. Government information, depository library operations and management, and Federal Depository Library Program issues. The program encompasses multiple types of training, including virtual training via webinars and other online venues, in-person training, and conferences. Through the program, GPO also provides the FDLP community access to GPO’s virtual training rooms for their own training or meeting use.

For more information about the community training program, please consult the Community Training Summary.

GPO’s eLearning platform is now presenting webinars using WebEx. In order to attend or present at a GPO-hosted webinar, a WebEx plug-in must be installed in your internet browser(s). Download instructions.

Upcoming Training & Events

Updates will be posted as soon as training and events opportunities arise.

Date Title Time (ET) Registration Link Description
8/19/14 Beyond Google - Tips for Government Information Research 2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET Registration open

Webinar attendees will learn about how to search the deep web, alternate online sources for Census data, and how to find digitized historical publications.

8/20/14 Security &amp Depository Access: Juggling Requirements and Restrictions 2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET Registration open

This webinar is for Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) depository coordinators and will cover security issues that impact public access to depository materials. GPO outreach librarians will provide an overview of the most common security concerns encountered and go over the regulations concerning such issues. Multiple security concerns will be addressed, including: underage users in the library, filtering software on computers, and libraries in buildings with limited public access. Practical advice will be provided, so that libraries can conform to the legal requirements and FDLP program regulations.

8/21/14 Introduction to FDsys 11:00 am ET to 12:00 pm ET Registration open

During this introductory course, attendees will learn how to navigate FDsys to locate Federal Government information, basic and advanced searching, browsing, retrieving by citation, help tools, and working with FDsys search results.

8/21/14 Advanced Navigation in FDsys 1:00 pm ET to 2:30 pm ET Registration open

This course focuses on tracking Federal legislation and regulations in FDsys.

8/28/14 Accessing Census Bureau Statistics Using the Data Tools 1:00 pm ET to 2:00 pm ET Registration open

This webinar utilizes hands-on exercises to access Census Bureau statistics, highlighting various access tools developed to obtain needed data.

9/4/14 Social Security:  Prepare for your Someday 1:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET Registration open

This webinar will discuss the basics of who qualifies for retirement, spouses, and Medicare benefits and how benefits are determined and taxed.  It will also cover the application process and online tools.

9/23/14 Everything You Want to Know About PubMed 1:00 pm ET to 2:00 pm ET Registration open

PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. In this interactive session, Katherine Majewski will present webinar content on the PubMed service based on advance questions and requests by registrants. The form for registration will include questions to determine the information needs of the audience. August 22 is the cut-off date to submit questions for inclusion in the presentation, however registration will remain open through September 23.

9/25/14 Discovering a Gold Mine of U.S. Government Information: Exploring the HathiTrust Catalog and Its Rich Veins 2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET Registration open

The digitization of thousands of U.S. Government documents by the HathiTrust catalog and its participating institutions expands access to a tremendous volume of historical U.S. Government information not digitally accessible through GPO or agency Web sites. This webinar will demonstrate how users can find historical information such as agency annual reports, Congressional hearings, statistics, and numerous other materials on historically significant and contemporarily relevant Government policymaking issues.


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    Want to use GPO’s virtual training tool for your FDLP-related event? Want to request training? In-person training is available for those in the DC metro area. Request training form.

Training Events & Conferences

As part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) sponsors two annual events:

Depository Library Council Meeting & Federal Depository Library Conference

The Depository Library Council Meeting & Federal Depository Library Conference is held annually in the Washington DC metro area. These 3-day meetings, attended by Federal depository library staff and other information professionals, are the largest gatherings devoted to U.S. Government information in the country. Discussions of FDLP issues and multiple educational sessions run on four tracks, geared for a wide range of experience and interests.

Interagency Depository Seminar

The Interagency Depository Seminar is held every other year in the Washington DC metro area. This week-long seminar provides an opportunity to see how Federal agencies work in conjunction with Federal depository libraries. The seminar is targeted for new and experienced documents staff. Presentations on training and updates on the latest information products and activities as they relate to Federal depository libraries are given by representatives from various Federal agency representatives. This is a great networking opportunity as well as an opportunity to gather ideas to implement for the improvement of your library.

The goal of these meetings is to promote Federal products and services to the FDL community, address issues related to the FDLP, share ideas, discover better ways of doing things, clarify issues, and re-enforce our community.

In addition to these agency-sponsored events GPO participates in a variety of library-related meetings and conferences, such as ALA, AALL, SLA, and more. Also, upon request, GPO representatives will also participate in meetings sponsored by other library or government information organizations and in depository library anniversary celebrations.

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