FDLP Community Presentations at the 2014 DLC and FDL Conference

There were 27 presentations from the Federal depository library community at the 2014 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference. The topics varied widely and covered highlights of depository collections, successful programs, useful tools, and more. These sessions were well-attended. 

While none of these presentations were recorded for virtual attendees, many of the slides from presentations are available on FDLP.gov in the conference proceedings section and include relevant links and presenter contact information.

Quick Topics

This session offered an opportunity for four presenters to introduce the audience to projects in a quick-paced session. 

  • Matt Gruhn presented on the Oyez project at Chicago-Kent. He overviewed the Web site and called for participation as they are assembling a consortium to maintain and grow an archive of appellate court documents to make them publicly-available. 
  • James Rhoades of Old Dominion University discussed the importance of electronic Government portals and demonstrated easy and innovative approaches for introducing USA.gov to colleagues and users. 
  • Brandon Bowen of Indiana University-Purdue explored useful Government information apps and discussed strategies for integrating this technology into daily professional use. 
  • Netta Cox from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University examined best practices for implementing a formal mentoring program in response to FDLP Forecast Study data.

Government Information Online and the Future of Reference Services in the Depository Library Program 

Following Quick Topics, John Shuler of University of Illinois at Chicago gave an overview of the last six years of Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian and the implications for providing electronic reference services among depository libraries, across communities and states.

Art and Maps in the Serial Set

In the afternoon, Andrea Sevetson of Proquest and Diane Smith of George Mason University discussed art works and maps in the serial set, their approach to the material, and book chapters from their book The Serial Set: It’s Make-up and Content.

Cloud Computing

Michael Samson of Wayne State University introduced the audience to a single cloud Web page presence. This was a hands-on workshop that taught attendees about cloud and mobile applications for delivery of customized Government documents library alerts.

Creating a Census/GIS Training Program

Laura Sare presented on a workshop developed by the Libraries at Texas A&M University that addresses student needs for understanding Census geography and data and how to prepare data for use in GIS software. This presentation was developed in partnership with Miriam Olivares at Texas A&M University.

A New Home for our Serial Set

Karen Russ of University of Arkansas at Little Rock discussed cooperative efforts to archive the bound volumes of the serial set and purchase the online edition. She discusses a new twist on cooperative holding agreements as this one includes a holding location for archival purposes.

College Students and the U.S. Census

Scott Shafer of University of Vermont discussed ramifications of census data inclusion of college students at their college residence and considerations when working with census data that includes a substantial number of college students.

Marketing through Events

Susanne Caro of the University of Montana outlined how Mansfield Library is using a series of lectures and workshops to highlight their collection to students, faculty, and the community.

Gov Docs as Primary Sources: Documents for History Students

Mark Love of the University of Central Missouri gave highlights of some historically-significant documents that have been digitized and how they can be marketed to college students.

Indiana’s First Government Information Day!

This presentation was presented by Brandon Bowen of Indiana University at Purdue, Kimberly Brown-Harden at Indiana State Library, and Cindy Dabney at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The presenters discussed Indiana's Government Information Day. The day was for information professionals and the general public to learn about Government information, hot topics, and best practices from a variety of Government information professionals. They presented on the event and how others can do the same in their libraries or regions.

Getting “Real” with Government Publications: Making Government Information Relevant to Academic Library Users Using Real Life

Joyce Garczynski and Carl Olson of Towson University discussed how to raise interest in Government documents among students by highlighting how information sources can help them navigate real life.

Developing a Statewide Digitization Plan

This presentation joined Jan Swanbeck of the University of Florida, Mark Phillips of the University of North Texas, Kirsten Clark of the University of Minnesota, Rich Gause of the University of Central Florida, and Lori Driver of Florida International University to recap presentations held at the University of Florida as part of an advisory panel of experts to guide the State Action Plan of Florida in creating a digital collection of Federal documents of interest to residents in the region.

Discovery Systems? Or Gov Docs Usage Decreasing Systems?

Kathryn C. Millis of DePauw University discussed how librarians can work with a variety of discovery system products to ensure Government documents are not hidden by the systems.

Googling for Gov Info: Tips for Using Google Effectively

Sonnet Ireland of University of New Orleans gave attendees an overview of advanced search features in Google and how to use Google effectively for searching for Government information.

Taking it Online: How to Survive Planning a Virtual Depository Conference

Janet Fisher of the Arizona State Library, Margaret Jobe of the University of Colorado Boulder, Chris Brown of the University of Denver, and Dan Stanton of Arizona State University Libraries presented jointly on this topic. Their presentation introduced the audience to planning and implementing virtual collaborative meetings of documents librarians and staff and other librarians interested in Government information.

Hathi Trust 101

Kirsten Clark of the University of Minnesota, Catherine Morse of the University of Michigan, and Amy Springer of the University of Minnesota all discussed search strategies, how libraries are using the content, and how researchers are building information research capacities using HathiTrust’s 450,000+ document repository.

Bullying at School and at Work: Government Resources Can Help

This bilingual presentation by Jane Canefield of Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rice explores available Government information on harassment in a variety of formats and from both legal and mental health perspectives. Information presented covers both school and workplace bullying.

Identifying the Government Documents Corpus: the HathiTrust Registry

Valerie Glen of the University of Michigan gave an overview of the HathiTrust metadata registry for U.S. Government Information project, including discussions about scope, metadata sources, registry functionality, and potential uses, as well as activities to-date.

Government Documents Librarian: The Utility Infielder

Donna Daniels of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville outlined the importance of dedicated Government documents staff for reference services, document access, visibility, and management of Government document collections.

Getting to Government Information

Elizabeth Psyck of Grand Valley State University reviewed the results of a 2011 survey conducted at 11 different academic depository libraries and focused on the methods patrons reported using to find and access Government information. This was a more focused presentation from the overview she gave as a webinar session in January 2014.

Manifest Destiny Illustrated: Army Artists in the Southwest in the 19th Century

Mark Anderson of the University of Northern Colorado explored the works of selected Army artists and the political and social contexts of the expeditions they supported after the Mexican War through expeditions with the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers.

Use of Government Information Adds Objectivity and Authority

Antoinette Satterfield of the U.S. Naval Academy looked at examples of Government resources that add objectivity and authority to research papers and presentations.

U.S. History: Research Number 13

Marianne Ryan of Northwestern University and Catherine Johnson of Proquest highlighted occurrences of the number 13 in American history and compared and contrasted noteworthy issues of 2013 with what was going on a century ago.

Improving the Landfill: Dealing with Major Physical Constraints While Improving Access to a Regional’s Depository’s Collection (One Regional’s Experience)

This presentation describes multi-year project of the Texas Tech Regional to handle strict physical constraints while improving access to their collection and keeping within Title 44 requirements and minimal staffing. Tom Rohrig of Texas Tech University presented; the session was developed with his colleagues Susan Hidalgo and Pam Lampe.

The Secret of NIMH: Using Government Information to Promote Emotional Well-Being

Sonnet Ireland of the University of New Orleans discussed Government resources that focus on mental health and emotional well-being.

Off the Beaten Path: The Allure of the U.S. Consular Reports

This session gave a brief history of the U.S. Consular Services and Reports with an emphasis on the 19th and early 20th centuries and discussed strategies for assisting researchers in identifying and discovering these documents. Rebecca Hyde of Saint Louis University used Prezi as the presentation tool, however a PDF of the Prezi presentation has been provided in the documents repository.

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