GRS Past Events

GRS Past Events:

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


2017 NCLA Biennial Events sponsored by GRS:

Crowdsourcing Government Information Backup: the Activism and Implications of DataRescue

Lots of people are concerned about government data collections being defunded:  researchers, community planners, other government officials, and just ordinary people.  Agencies of the U.S. Federal government collect more data than any other organization in the world, covering topics from maternal-child health to transportation statistics.  Whenever a new administration transitions into office, agencies rescind web sites, reports and statistics.  DataRescue events swept the country this past spring, giving everyday folks the opportunity to contribute to efforts to preserve information that might otherwise be lost.

Sangeeta Desai, a library school student, organized DataRescue Chapel Hill in early March at UNC at Chapel Hill.  Dave Pcolar, Chief Technology Officer for the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), served as the technical lead ("S3 administrator") for the event.  Michelle Padley, a graduate student in Geography at UNC Chapel Hill who has used HUD data for research was a team leader at the event. Michele Hayslett, Data Librarian at UNC at Chapel Hill, assisted with logistics.  The panel discussed the event, how they organized it, and where things might go from here. 

Speakers:  Sangeeta Desai, David Pcolar, Michelle Padley

Presentation Slides

Know your FSB from your KGB: Researching Soviet/Russian Intelligence in America

In light of last year’s election-related hacking, and the popularity of programs such as The Americans, the topic of Russian intelligence activity in America is once again prominent in the news and in popular culture. This presentation offered an overview of the various Soviet intelligence services, their evolution, and their post-Soviet successors, as well as a brief history of their operations in America, down to the present. In addition, tips and guidance on how and where to research this topic, especially how to find federal government information, was provided.

Speaker:  David Durant

Presentation Slides


GRS - PEGI (Preservation of Electronic Government Information)

Preserving Electronic Government Information (PEGI) is a new two-year multi-campus initiative to address national concerns regarding the preservation of electronic government information by cultural memory organizations for long term use by the citizens of the United States. This project brings together librarians, technologists, and other information professionals from the Center for Research Libraries, the University of North Texas, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Missouri, and Stanford University.
This presentation provided background on the development of PEGI and discuss the initial findings of a comprehensive multi­modal environmental scan of at-risk federal digital content. The aim of this program will be to start new dialogues on issues in preserving access to electronic government information and engaging the broader library community, relevant academic and public scholars, and federal agencies in the discussion.

Speaker:  Lynda Kellam

Advancing Scientific Literacy and Discovery Through Citizen Science

Interest in citizen science is at an all-time high, with the public contributing to the collection and analysis of data across a broad array of academic fields and on a scale that would not otherwise be possible. The democratizing aspects of citizen science and its ability to provide more authentic and engaging educational experiences for non-scientists have presented new opportunities for advancing scientific literacy and discovery. This presentation centered around the roles that libraries can play in supporting and promoting citizen science and will identify avenues for building relationships with citizen science researchers, programs and participants.

Speakers:  Debbie Currie, Karen Ciccone, Danica Lewis, Holly Menninger

Slides from Debbie Currie
Slides from Danica Lewis
Slides from Candace Brennan


Joint GRS/RASS Workshop and Business Meetings, June 29,2016

Congressional counter-subversive investigations in NC with speaker David Durant, ECU


2015 NCLA Biennial Events


GRS Workshop and Business Meeting, (June 13, 2014)

The North Carolina Library Association’s Government Resources Section hosted its 2014 Annual Meeting & Workshop on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Elon University. 

In addition to our annual business meeting, there were updates on the Federal Depository Library Program and the North Carolina state depository program, as well as sessions on GIS web applications and on the North Carolina Open Government Coalition.

Workshop and Meeting Information and Documents:

Workshop and Meeting Agenda

Workshop Report

Dropbox files for GIS Web Applications Presentation (temporarily available - updated 6/16/14)

Presentation slides from the NC Open Government Coaltion speaker about NC Sunshine Laws

Business Meeting Minutes


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.

Presentation Slides

"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.

Presentation Slides
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.
Presentation Slides

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.


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.