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The FDsys Training Initiative

Over 1,500 members of the depository community have participated in classes and webinars on the U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO’s) Federal Digital System (FDsys) since November 2011. Have you received your training yet?

In an effort to spread awareness of FDsys and educate the public on its use, Library Services & Content Management (LSCM) launched the FDsys Training Initiative in the summer of 2011. The initiative has two major components.

  1. The development of a comprehensive FDsys curriculum and curriculum tools.
  2. The implementation of the curriculum and tools in in-person, virtual, and recorded video environments.

LSCM’s goal is to increase awareness of FDsys, help users navigate its content effectively, and enhance access to Federal Government information.

For the curriculum team, staff members were included who had previous experience giving GPO Access and FDsys training, who have worked extensively in the development of FDsys, and who work closely with the depository community. The curriculum includes detailed scripts for recorded video modules; step-by-step talking points and instructions for educators; presentation material for each session; and class exercises to reinforce the material.

The curriculum was set into motion in November with the start of live, in-person classes for staff at GPO and other Federal agencies, Congressional staff members, and members of the depository community who are local to the Washington, D.C. area.

Educational offerings expanded in April 2012 with the start of FDsys webinars. Since then, FDsys Training Team members have presented 15 webinars, with more on the horizon. Recent webinars have covered introductory information on navigating FDsys, basic and advanced search techniques, working with search results, tracking legislation, and tracking regulations. Anyone can visit the new FDsys webinar archive and view webinar recordings and download session slides and handouts. Users also have the ability to subscribe to an RSS feed to be alerted when new webinar recordings are posted.

Simultaneously, LSCM staff members have been working to create FDsys educational videos. Thirty-two videos have been planned, and accompanying scripts have been written. The first module is now available and focuses on basic search techniques and working with FDsys search results. View the video on fdlp.gov, as well as from the new “Learn About FDsys” Web page.

At the fall 2012 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference, members of the FDLP community will have the opportunity to participate in three different hands-on FDsys training sessions. In addition, GPO staff members will be present at n FDsys informational table to answer questions, show demonstrations, and schedule customized FDsys webinars for individual libraries or groups.

FDsys educational webinars are available to any library or group upon request. The webinars can either follow the standard FDsys curriculum or can be customized based on the needs of the particular library or group. GPO also offers in-person, FDsys training sessions by request for any library or Federal agency located in or near the Washington, D.C. area. Click here for more information.

Finally, in an effort to meet the ever-changing education and training needs of the depository community in dynamic, timely, and efficient ways, LSCM is working to expand the FDsys Training Initiative into an FDLP Virtual Education Initiative. This initiative will plan for the expansion of the use of GPO’s virtual meeting and webinar platform to include educational sessions presented by both GPO staff and our colleagues in the depository community. The initiative will provide educational sessions on a wide variety of Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) topics, including, for example, training for new coordinators, depository operations and best practices, RDA training, and much more. Stay tuned for news and updates on these education initiatives at fdlp.gov.