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GovInfoDay: Cynthia Etkin from U.S. GPO

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Library Roles in Facilitating Open Access to Government InformationFederal Depository Library ProgramNIH Public Access PolicyTransparency and Open Government Initiative - Pres. Obama's memorandum 1/21/09 - http://www.whitehouse.gov/open - http://recovery.gov/ - http://data.gov/ Letter from Public Printer to Pres. Obama 3/9/09 - support for initiative, offering assistance to carry out through FDLP and Public Law 103-40Goals: FDsys as official federal govpub repository, Web2.0 functionality, public input into pending legislation, etc.Marketing Government Information in LibrariesLibrarians are not generally good at marketing - we think statistics are marketingWhat is marketing? "...an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating and delivering value to customers and for manageing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders." - American Marketing Association, http://www.marketingpower.com ... NOT just promoting... a strategy that ensures user needs continue to be met, and provides value to library users... Product (what we provide or COULD provide) + position (what we...

GovInfoDay: 2008 WI Distinguished Document awards

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Winner! "Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide: A Producer's Guide to Marketing Locally Grown Food"Published by the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer ProtectionFour of the creators were able to attend to receive the awardHave already printed 3,000 copies, and there's been a lot of interest from producers and farmers' markets coordinatorsHonorable Mention"The Legacy of Lead: Report on Childhood Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin 2008""Commission on Reducing Racial Disparities in the Wisconsin Justice System: Final Report"ALA/GODORT Notable Government Documents 2007 from Wisconsin"Governor's Task Force on Campus Safety: Final Report""Turning Points in Wisconsin History"...

GovInfoDay: WI Freedom of Information Council

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"Open Government in Wisconsin" Christa Westerberg, FOIC Vice President McGillivray Westerberg & Bender Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council Non-profit organization, affiliate of national FOI Coalition - Promoting informed democracyOur focus is Wisconsin government info in particularMany members from mediaMy interest is as an attorney - filing open records requests for local zoning issues, deficient notification of open meetingsWFOIC website - post laws (including case laws that are often not available without paid subscription), Attorney General opinions, WI DOJ compliance guides, suggested template for open records request, links to related organizationsPublish monthly "Your Right to Know" column, often in newspapersOffer "Pocket Compliance Guides"Annual "Opee Awards" - cheers & jeersSpecial projects - ex: journalism school conducted auditHow do you make a records request?To the "records custodian" - suggested to do it in writing, be as specific as possible (see WFOIC template)Legal case coming up right now about access to non-work-related email on public...

WAAL09: We're from the Government and We're Here to Help! : Reference and Loan Library Services for Academic Libraries

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"We're from the Government and We're Here to Help! : Reference and Loan Library Services for Academic Libraries"Martha Farley Berninger, Abby Swanton, Lisa Reale, and Vickie LongReference & Loan Library, DPI - http://dpi.wi.gov/RLLBadgerLink:-- Appreciate getting credit for database links (ex: "provided by BadgerLink" or logo)-- Access is via IP address or library card barcode ranges (please provide both to Badgerlink), or other as needed-- New: Federated searching across all EBSCOhost and Proquest databases, (and WisCat for licensed libraries)-- Support: online form for tech support & promotional materials (bookmarks, posters)WisCat:-- Since 1980s - resource-sharing tool for ILL, MARC record sharing-- Z39.50 compatible-- Includes public, academic, and medical library catalogs, (and Minitex - Minnesota catalogs?)-- For past year, ISO connection with Illiad for UW-Madison libraries (GZM) brokered by WILS-- Splash page is customizable, with up to 4 RSS feeds, calendar message of the day-- "L" list libraries only - can't afford othersWisconsin Digital...

WAAL09: Fake it 'til you make it with government documents

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"Fake it 'til you make it with government documents"Nancy Mulhern, Wisconsin Historical SocietyMichael Current, UW LacrosseUsa.gov (was First.gov)-- Top choice for starting points-- Yahoo type subject directory-- Official search engine for free government websites (plus images, news, maps...)-- Faceted search-- For popular, current information retrievalWisconsin.gov-- News-- Subjects-- Agency index-- Search engine-- For popular, current information retrievalGoogle.com/unclesam-- Searches .gov, .mil, and other U.S. federal, state, and local (?) sites-- May use less now that Usa.gov is so goodCatalogs:-- CGP: Catalog of U.S. Government Publications = http://catalog.gpo.gov (was "the monthly catalog") - supposed to include all pubs back to 1976 - use Ex Libris' Aleph software - SuDoc sorting works!-- Worldcat.org, WisCat, BadgerCat-- Local library catalogOfficial access:-- www.GPOaccess.gov - supports their own staff too - documents by government branch - moving over to FDsys (Federal Digital System) which is already live - full text search (faceted) of unaltered official versions - currently back...