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GODORT Friday Chats: GODORT Friday Chats

Information and schedules for GODORT Friday Chats and Help! webinars


Friday Chats with GODORT! Join Us!







We are excited to continue GODORT Friday chats. Chat are hosted two Fridays per month (schedule below) at 1pm eastern. These are informal sessions for the GODORT community and friends to meet and talk about issues in government information. You do not need to be a GODORT member to attend (but we would love to have you join)!

Please register for the upcoming chats. Register once for the entire series!

Also if you have ideas for chats or would like to host one please contact Kian at flynnk7 at

Friday Chats

Upcoming Chats (2022-2023):

All are at 1pm EST, noon CST, 11am MST, 10am PST

Sept 9, 2022: Constitution Day planning & ideas (Government Information for Children Committee)
Sept 23, 2022: Call for Notable Documents nominations (Publications Committee)
Oct 14, 2022: Civic Engagement & the US Midterm Elections (Education Committee and Julie Winkelstein, SRRT)
Oct 28, 2022: Weird & Wonderful Docs (Jenny Groome, Cass Hartnett)
Nov 18, 2022: Travelling disaster exhibit (Susanne Caro, Jen Kirk, Ben Chiewphasa)
Dec 2, 2022: Open forum
Dec 16, 2022: Open forum
Dec 30, 2022: No Friday Chat - Holiday Break
Jan 13, 2023: Bylaws/PPM/Archives - Angela Kent (slides)
Jan 27, 2023: No Friday Chat - LibLearnX

Feb 10, 2023: Cataloging (Andrea Craley, Cataloging) (slides)
Feb 24, 2023: GODORT Emerging Leaders Introductions
Mar 10, 2023: Meet the ALA Presidential Candidates, Part I
Mar 31, 2023: RESCHEDULED! Meet the ALA Presidential Candidates, Part II

Apr 28, 2023: NO FRIDAY CHAT - we recommend checking out the MAGIRT webinar that morning
May 12, 2023: Chicago Recommendations with Ben Aldred
May 26, 2023: Open Friday Chat


Past Chat Topics and Dates

Past Chats

February 5: Federal Information Interest Group

February 12: Semester check in and GODORT-entines

February 19: GODORT Legislative Committee meeting 
The GODORT Legislative Committee will take over this chat for a committee meeting. The meeting is open and you are welcome to come hear the committee discuss Title 44 changes.

February 26: Canceled

March 5: The Carpentries with Tim Dennis, UCLA
Come learn about The Carpentriesa training program for data science skills. Tim will talk about the origin of the program, the resources available, and more!

March 12: Mapping Prejudice with Ryan Mattke
This Friday chat will be on the Mapping Prejudice project out of the University of Minnesota. Ryan Mattke, Co-Director and Project Manager, will be on hand to talk about the project and answer questions. Please watch the MAGIRT/WAML webinar on the project before attending the chat.

March 19: Documents in the News
This Friday chat will be lead by Andrew Dudash, Librarian for Political Science, Policy Studies, and Government Information, Penn State University Libraries. He will lead a discussion on his project to highlight the use of government information in the news and media.

March 26: Civic Switchboard project
Come learn about the Civiic Switchboard project, an initiative to bring together libraries with community data providers.

April 2: Canceled

April 9: GODORT/ACRL Politics, Policy, and International Relations Section (PPIRS) Meet and Greet
Our cousins at PPIRS will join GODORT to chat about out two groups and ways we could collaborate in the future!

April 16: Canceled 

April 23: Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Records
Joshua Cochran, Archivist for American Diplomacy at Yale University Library, will talk about his work archiving these types of records.

April 30: Semester Check In

May 7: Canceled

May 14 at 3pm: Teaching government information
From MLIS classes to one-shot classroom instruction, get advice on what works, what to avoid, and learning to teach in the virtual environment. Speakers include: Cass Hartnett, University of Washington, Gwen Sinclair, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Chris Brown, University of Denver. Please note time change for this chat!

May 28: Preserving Electronic Government Information (PEGI) Update

June 4: Final chat before ALA. Open discussion! Come learn about our ALA programs and say hi!

September 10: Constitution Day and National Voter Registration Day Share
September is a busy month with Constitution Day (September 17) and National Voter Registration Day (4th Tuesday in September). Join your GODORT and government information enthusiast friends to share programming ideas, successes, and best practices for events and activities to engage communities on these two days.

September 24: Canceled

October 8: Open chat

November 5: Not Just in English: The how, who, what, where, and why of government documents in other languages. 
Speaker: Jane Canfield, Pontifical Catholic University, Puerto Rico

November 19: American Indian and Alaskan Native Documents in the Congressional Serial Set: 1817-1899

Speakers: Marilyn Nicely and Steve Beleu
This chat will share information about a digitization project of the University of Oklahoma College of Law to identify and share materials related to American Indian and Alaskan Native documents within the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. 

December 3: Soldier Shows and Blueprint Specials

Speaker: Bobby Griffith, University of North Texas
Join us to learn about these rare and fun pieces of military entertainment from World War II. 

December 17: Holiday Celebration

As semesters wind down, the holiday season gears up, and the year begins to come to a close, join your GODORT friends and colleagues for holiday cheer and well-wishes.

January 7: CANCELLED 

January 14: Social Responsibilities Round Table Update

Join us for an update from SRRT to learn what programs and activities they've got planned for 2022

February 4: Memorial for Kenya Flash led by Jennifer Castle, Dominique Hallett, and Jon Hudson

(submit photos to Dominique Hallett)

Memorial Resolution Honoring Kenya S. Flash (passed by ALA Council on January 24, 2022)

February 18: Meet & Greet with ALA President Candidate Kelvin Watson
March 4: Meet & Greet with ALA President Candidate Emily Drabinski

March 18: Open Chat

April 1: Cancelled

April 15: 1950 Census 

Join us for a Friday Chat with representatives from NARA as they share information about the release of the 1950 Census

Session Speakers: 

  • Meg Phillips, External Affairs Liaison
  • Claire Kluskens, Genealogy/Census Subject Matter Expert and Digital Projects Archivist, Office of Research Services
  • Carol Lagundo, IT Specialist, Office of Innovation
May 6: GODORT @ 50

Session Speaker: Bernadine Abbott-Hoduski, Dan Barkley, Fran Buckley, Sandy Peterson. 

May 20: All Digital Depository Task Force Discussion

Session Speakers: Shari Laster, Scott Matheson, and others

June 3: End of Term Archive Update

Join us for an update on the End of Term Archive (

Session Speaker: Dr. Mark Phillips, Associate Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas