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.

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Historical Indian Publications by the United States Government

2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Registration open

Speaker: Brandon Burnette, Government Documents/Reference Librarian, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library, Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The webinar provides access to historical Indian publications on the Internet, and features various online sources. Publications are from the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the Census, etc.


Census Information Centers and State Data Centers

1:00 pm ET to 2:00 pm ET

Registration open

Attendees will learn about the Census Information Centers and the State Data Centers programs, how they came to be, and what they offer in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. The presenters will discuss how to access the networks, the resources they offer down to the local level, and how the Census Information Centers and the State Data Centers programs can be a resource for your patrons.


Federal Legislative History 101

2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Registration open

The webinar will discuss the ways in which Federal statutes are published and cited, what Federal legislative histories are and how they are used, the normal steps in compiling and researching Federal legislative histories, and the various resources available for Federal legislative history research – both free and commercial. Speaker: Rick McKinney is Assistant Law Librarian / Legislative Librarian at the Federal Reserve Board Law Library in Washington, D.C., where he has served for the past 30 years. He is the founder and principal editor of LLSDC’s Legislative Source Book on the Internet and has authored numerous articles and presentations in the field of Federal statutory, legislative, and regulatory research.


Webinar: Mapping Census Data with GIS: Tips and Tricks

2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Registration open

The use of census data and GIS is becoming more prevalent in academics, government, and private sectors. As a consequence, library services are evolving to respond to these needs. Join us to explore census data resources and gain understanding of census geographies and their standardized codes. We will demonstrate the steps to downloading data from American FactFinder, TIGER boundary files, and how to transform these data into color-coded maps. Additionally, presenters will share lessons learned from their hands-on workshop for Texas A&M University constituents for libraries wanting to develop their own Census and GIS workshop.


Needles in the Haystack of History: How to use the WPA Historical Records Survey

2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Registration open

The Work Projects Administration Historical Records Survey (WPA HRS), one of the best discovery tools for government records from the 1700s through the early 1940s, is now more easily accessed through University of Kentucky library. This Webinar will discuss what it has to offer historians and genealogists.  Attendees will also learn strategies on how to track down present-day locations of archival material described in the HRS.


Stocking the Pond: Finding, Gathering, Growing, and Maintaining a Digital Collection

2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Registration open

The presenter will describe the library’s experiences creating and maintaining a digital collection of Government publications for the Southern Oregon Klammath-Siskiyou-Cascades bioregion.  The presentation will include how the collection was first seeded by paper documents collected over the years and has been supplemented with relevant materials harvested from Government agencies.


Webinar - Discovering a Gold Mine of U.S. Government Information: Exploring the HathiTrust Catalog and Its Rich Veins (Rescheduled)

2:00 pm ET to 3:00 pm ET

Registration open

This webinar will cover finding 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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The FDLP works in conjunction with GPO staff, other Federal agencies, and depository libraries to bring informative webcasts to the community.

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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