Federal Agency Presentations at the 2014 DLC and FDLP Conference

The 2014 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference featured presentations by representatives from eight Federal agencies. Agency speakers highlighted changes and accomplishments within the Federal Government as well as resources that are of wide-ranging use to the depository library community.

In support of virtual attendees and continuing education, most agency presentations were recorded and are available in the conference archive.

Department of Commerce

Alexandra Figueroa and Lisa Wolfisch discussed the Digital Transformation Project. Goals and work have included redesigning the Census.gov Web site, increasing mobile application and API efforts for open government, and a focus on customer needs and expectations.

  • USPTOHow to Help Inventors, Students and Businesses with their Patent and Trademark Questions

Neil Massong illustrated the wealth of information available on the USPTO Web site, and highlighted the Patent and Trademark Resource Center program. The program was not recorded since this information can rapidly become outdated.

Department of Defense

Wendy Hill discussed the mission, collection, and services of DTIC, and provided an overview of the public Web site and useful or unique resources available. Additionally, interactive tools and user contributed content were covered.

Department of Energy

Tim Byrne talked about developments at OSTI, including the Department of Energy’s Public Access Plan, some discontinued products, and new products such as the National Library of Energy.

Department of Health and Human Services

Lynne Johnson described the variety of programs overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (such as the Affordable Care Act and Medicare) and methods for finding information such as pertinent Web sites. Libraries can become active information sharing partners.

Shakia Baskerville from the relatively recently-formed Administration for Community Living discussed the ACL and its efforts to provide information and community support to older Americans and people with disabilities and gave an overview of several important Web sites.

Department of the Interior

  • The Department of Everything Else -- The Interior Department and Its Resources

Jennifer Klang of the Interior Library provided a history of the Interior Department and an overview of its bureaus (“the great miscellany”), with a particular focus on the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

National Archives and Records Administration

Jim Hemphill gave a detailed workshop on the Federal regulatory process, including the history and organization of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations. Additionally, he discussed features of the Federal Register 2.0 Web site.

FDLP Connection Archive

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