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Friday Chats

Friday Chats with GODORT! Join Us!







We are excited to host our GODORT Friday chats again this spring semester 2021 on most Fridays, 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 Lynda at lmk277 AT

Upcoming Chats:

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

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: GODORT/ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) Meet and Greet
Our friends at ANSS will join GODORT to chat about out two groups and ways we could collaborate in the future!

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: Latanya Jenkins, Temple University, 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!

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


Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian Webinar Series

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The Government Documents Round Table and the Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.  These sessions will be recorded and made available after the live sessions on our The Help! Webinars YouTube Channel.

Upcoming Webinars:

March 18: Researching Law in Europe

The theme of this webinar is researching law in Europe, giving thought to what some scholars regard as the “quasi-federal” legal structure that has emerged in many European countries since the mid-20th century. However, the question will be approached from the perspective of the informed, intellectually curious scholar familiar with a common law system such as that of the United States. How does one research law in jurisdictions where the lines between “federal” and “state” are even less well defined than is sometimes the case in the US? Consideration will be given to the mixture of common law and civil law systems found across Europe, along with some discussion of the post-Brexit landscape and occasional vignettes such as what law looks like in an increasingly devolved United Kingdom. The webinar seeks to be of use to anyone who seeks to know more about law in Europe, from those colleagues with a passing interest in legal research through to experienced legal researchers wishing to learn more about legal sources in those specific jurisdictions. We will meet online on Thursday, March 18th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link:   

Presenter: Howard S. Carrier is the Copyright Librarian and Liaison Librarian to the Departments of Justice Studies and Political Science at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Although his work and scholarship is principally founded in the areas of copyright and fair use, he maintains strong interests in EU Law, the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, and legal systems and structure. Mr. Carrier holds an LL.B.(Hons) degree and an LL.M. in the Law of Human Rights and Civil Liberties (both from the University of Leicester), and an M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his work as a professional librarian in JMU Libraries, he teaches JUST 301 Legal Research & Information Literacy in the Department of Justice Studies.

April 22: The World Trade Organization (joint webinar with ACRL's PPIRS)

Information to come.

May TBD: Researching State Legislatures

Information to come.

September TBD: Civic Switchboard Data Literacy Project

Information to come.