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  • Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents... Help! Hits One Hundred: Gov Info Professional Development in a Virtual Future

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents... Help! Hits One Hundred: Gov Info Professional Development in a Virtual Future

  • November 16, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free. The NCLA Government Resources Section “Help!” series celebrates its 100th webinar with a look back by organizers and past speakers (and maybe even a few guest stars). Panelists will describe the genesis and development of the series and offer some best practices for managing webinars. We will highlight a few favorite behind-the-scenes memories. Finally, we will discuss the place of government documents librarianship and professional development in the virtual future.

We will meet together online on Monday, November 16th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link:


Lynda Kellam co-founded the NCLA Government Resources Section’s Help! Series in 2011. She is the Senior Data Librarian at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research where she manages the CISER Data & Reproduction Archive. She was there when the Help! Series was created and has provided tech support along the way. In addition she has twisted the arms of a few friends to present for the series and is probably coming for you next. She is also the current Chair of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table.

Jennifer Behrens is currently Associate Director for Administration & Scholarship at Duke Law School’s J. Michael Goodson Law Library. She was Secretary/Treasurer of GRS when the “Help!” series was developed by the executive board, and has presented three webinars in it on legal research topics. Michele Hayslett has been a data librarian for twenty years, and has worked at UNC at Chapel Hill for the past twelve. She relies on government data and sources to assist researchers of all types. As a past president of GRS and as a general GRS member, she has worked to support the Help! series over the years by suggesting topics and recruiting speakers, and has presented six sessions herself, primarily about Census data.

Mimi Curlee was at that infamous meeting of the GRS leaders when this series was hatched. She is the Government Documents Librarian at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She has been a long time member of both NCLA GRS and the Business Librarians in North Carolina (BLINC) Section.

We will use Zoom for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register. The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page at!-Webinars.

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