GRS Past Events

GRS Past Events:

See our Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian Webinars page.

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GRS Events at the 2013 NCLA Biennial Conference, October 16-18, 2013 in Winston Salem, NC

"For the Record: The History and Development of the Congressional Record from its Inception to the Present" with Bryna Coonin, East Carolina University.  
The Congressional Record, first published in 1873, is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.  For government information professionals, the Congressional Record offers a wealth of information available nowhere else, but the magnitude of the publication over time can be intimidating. In this session we will explore the history and development of the Congressional Record in a simple and enjoyable fashion, while we learn how to use this unique primary resource to help our researchers delve more deeply into our country’s history and political life.
This session will be a forthcoming Help! Webinar.  Stay tuned!

"How To Write A Business Plan:  Researching Industry & Regional Economic Information" with Betty Garrison, Elon University (Co-sponsored with BLiNC)
You can increase the value of your library by helping local small businesses succeed. We’ll show you the importance of investigating industry information and the value of local economic indicators in planning current and future growth strategy. Industry information can be used to create a business plan, refine strategy, and plan for future business success. Economic indicators help indicate the health of the economy both locally and nationally. We will explain why economic indicators are important to new and established firms in your community, how to find various indicators and how interpret them.

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"Emergency Preparedness:  How Ready is Your Library?" with Michele Hayslett, UNC-Chapel Hill.  
In the wake of various shooter and terrorist incidents across the U.S., libraries may want to consider how well prepared they are for emergency situations.  The co-chairs of the Libraries’ Emergency Preparedness Committee at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will describe two recent emergency response exercises that were held in June 2013.  Since the two exercises involved different levels of staff participation and resources, participants will gain insight into a range of options for organizing planning events in their own libraries.  Appropriate for public as well as academic libraries.

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Michele Hayslett can be contacted for more information about this topic at michele_hayslett [at] unc [dot] edu.

"Using Government Resources to Support Small Business" with Jaime Huaman, Government Printing Office & Beth Kaylor, UNC-Wilmington.
One of the many ways libraries can help with the economic recovery of their communities is to assist entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses.  Libraries are uniquely positioned to facilitate connections—to reliable information, quality resources and more, and thereby, to contribute to the improvement of the communities and region.  This session will show how readily available government resources provide a wealth of information to help support small business in your community with information needs including market research, business law and regulations and much more.
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GRS Sponsored Events at the NCLA Biennial Conference October 4th-7th, 2011:

"Do We Really Need to Pay for this Anymore?" The best free v. fee sources for statistics and country research with Lynda Kellam and Steve Cramer

A Government Resources Section (GRS) and Business Librarians in North Carolina (BLINC) co-production

These days it's more important than ever to consider what's worth paying for to support country & statistical research. Recently, some important databases, previously fee--based, are now free. At the same time, some famous, expensive country reports are now available through NC LIVE. The speakers reviewed core sources and cast a "vote" about whether certain subscriptions are still worth the money.

Census 2010: An Update with Michele Hayslett, Bob Coats, and  Erin Casullo Watkins

Michele Hayslett talked about the new American Factfinder! Bob Coats gave an update on the Census 2010 results and next steps.  Erin Casullo Watkins of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce talked about Census 2010 at the local level, primarily trends and implications in the Charlotte area.

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SimplyMap Training Retreat - November 12, 2010

NCLA's Government Resources Section and BLINC hosted an all-day
training retreat for SimplyMap, the web-based mapping tool available
through NC Live.

GRS Sponsored Programs at the 2009 NCLA Conference:

Politician’s Papers: Who Wants Them and Why
Ridley Kestler Memorial Program—Library archivists discussed the acquisition of the personal papers of politicians and their importance to library collections.

NC EDIS: Economic Development Intelligence System
John Correllus, Business Intelligence Director at NC Dept of Commerce, gave a tour of NCEDIS, a statistical and mapping tool that provides economic and demographic data for economic developers, businesses and the general public.  Co-sponsored with  BLINC.

Government Resources in State Library Digital Projects:
NC State Publications Collection, NC Mosaic, and Historical NC Census Data Jennifer Davison, Head, Government Documents Branch, and Amy Rudersdorf, Director, Digital Information Management Program, both with Government and Heritage Library, State Library of NC.  Program highlighted State Library digital projects that focus on government resources.  Co-sponsored with the State Library of NC Government and Heritage Library.

All About Census 2010
A panel presented the process and release for Census 2010, census data vs. American Community Survey data, and why libraries need to be involved.  Beth Hayden, State Demographer, State Library of NC; Bob Coats, NC Office of State Budget and Management; Laura Strickland McClettie, US Census Bureau.  Co-sponsored with REMCO.