Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Money Matters: Federal Agencies and Financial Literacy

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.

Understanding basic financial concepts is essential to manage money and avoid falling into financial traps, but many people don’t know where to turn to learn or improve their knowledge. The friendly face at the library reference desk seems like a viable option - but do you know where to send your patron in need? This session focuses on the role of the federal government in the financial literacy of Americans, and will examine free resources and tools from a variety of agencies that can help your patrons (and you!) better understand their financial lives.

Presenter Rebecca Hyde has thirteen years experience working in federal depository libraries and is currently the Government Information, Political Science and Sustainability Librarian at Saint Louis University. Her interest in financial planning dates back at least to age five when she told her parents she was saving spare change for college.

Presenter Lucia Orlando has sixteen years experience working in federal depository libraries and is currently a Research Support Services librarian at the University of California Santa Cruz.  She came late to the importance of financial planning, after taking on debt with her very first credit card.

Rebecca and Lucia have co-authored the “Federal Documents Focus” column in the Government Documents Round Table’s (GODORT) Documents to the People since 2010.

We will meet together for Session #47, online on May 20 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by May 19 at 10:00 pm using this link:

Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam [at] uncg [dot] edu). You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.
The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm