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The Western States Government Information Virtual Conference is a biannual conference hosted by Government Information Librarians in the Western States. This online-only conference is free and open to all.

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2016 Keynote

Katherine SkinnerThe conference committee was pleased to host this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Katherine Skinner. Dr. Skinner is the Executive Director of Educopia Institute, whose mission is to “build networks and collaborative communities to help cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions to achieve greater impact”.  Click here to view her presentation.

Dr. Skinner received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has co-edited three books and has authored and co-authored numerous reports and articles. She is currently Principal Investigator for research projects on continuing education (Nexus, Mapping the Landscapes), digital preservation (ETD plus, Chronicles in Preservation), and scholarly communication (Chrysalis). She regularly teaches graduate courses and workshops in digital librarianship and preservation topics, and provides consultation services to groups that are planning or implementing digital scholarship and digital preservation programs.

Conference Sessions & Recordings

Keynote: From Collaborative Action to Collective Impact

Wednesday August 24: 10:00-11:00am MDT/ 9:00 – 10:00am PDT

Dr. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director, Educopia Institute

Dr. Skinner is the Executive Director of the Educopia Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization that ‘builds networks and collaborative communities to help cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions achieve greater impact’. If you saw her talk at the 2015 FDLP Conference and DLC meeting in Washington DC, then you know that this is not a presentation to miss! She is currently Principal Investigator for research projects on continuing education (Nexus, Mapping the Landscapes), digital preservation (ETD plus, Chronicles in Preservation), and scholarly communication (Chrysalis). She regularly teaches graduate courses and workshops in digital librarianship and preservation topics, and provides consultation services to groups that are planning or implementing digital scholarship and digital preservation programs.

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Government Document Safari: State and Federal Resources for the Classroom

Wednesday August 24: 11:30am-12:30pm MDT/ 10:30-11:30am PDT

Tom Adamich, Content Librarian / ICC Internship Program Manager, Mitinet Library Services and 2016 Co-Chair of the GODORT Government Information for Children (GIC) Committee.

Susanne Caro, Government Documents Librarian, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.

Kathy Edwards, Government Publications Librarian, Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records

Kris Kasianovitz, Government Information Librarian, International, State and Local Documents, Green Library, Stanford, California.

Learn how to explore the information landscape for wildly fun websites intended for students and educators. As school library budgets shrink and there is a push for more online content the free electronic tools from state field guides to NASA rockets can provide students and teachers with valuable materials.

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Downsizing your Depository: Tools and Ideas

Wednesday August 24: 1:30-2:30 pm MDT/12:30-1:30pm PDT

Chris Brown, Government Documents Librarian/Reference Librarian, University of Denver

This talk from Chris Brown will focus on tools, techniques, and ideas for downsizing your documents collection. Various themes will be addressed, including: item deselection, weeding tools, offsite storage, DDM2, and getting rid of “tonnage”. Chris will also introduce you to his own item selection/deselection tool. There will be time at the end for a lively Q&A about your own downsizing projects.  

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Regional Discard Relief: A Discussion of the FDLP's new Regional Depository Policy

Wednesday August 24: 3:00-4:00pm MDT/2:00-3:00 pm PDT

Arlene Weible, Oregon State Library

Andy Bourgeois, State Library of Arizona

Kate Tallman, University of Colorado-Boulder

Susanne Caro, University of Montana

Crystal Lentz, Washington State Library

Rami Attebury,University of Idaho

Monica Dorame, University of New Mexico

Flora Shrode, Utah State University

Regional Depository Coordinators from nine Western states will discuss their questions, concerns, and plans for the new Regional Discard Policy. The goal of this session is to inform conference participants about the new Regional Discard Policy and to discuss each State’s approach in order to better inform our decision-making as we move forward with this policy implementation.

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International Statistics: How to find them even when they hide

Thursday August 25: 10:00-11:00am MDT/ 9:00-10:00am PDT

Kate Holvoet, Associate Professor, Library and Learning Commons, Zayed University (United Arab Emirates)

Many liberal arts majors shy away from the word statistics, imagining that they are boring and hard to deal with. As government documents librarians we are hardy souls, and know that the reality is more interesting and often easier to manage than many fear. With a little training and some twisted thinking, you too can find the numerical data that your patrons need to illuminate their research projects with data from around the world.  US government, international agency, and individual country statistics will be covered as well as database and Google tips and tricks.

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Patent & Trademark Basics

Thursday August 25: 11:30-12:30pm MDT/ 10:30-11:30am PDT

Peter Grant, Patent and Trademark Resource Center Librarian, Arizona State Library

Learn patent and trademark basics from Patent and Trademark Resource Center Librarian Peter Grant. Topics covered will include the difference between patents and trademarks, search tools and resources for your patrons

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Partnerships Abound Around Libraries, State Parks, and Early Literacy in Colorado

Thursday August 25: 1:30-2:30 pm MDT/12:30-1:30pm PDT

Beth Crist,  Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library

This interactive session will introduce two innovative, highly collaborative programs in Colorado. Check Out Colorado State Parks is a unique partnership between the Colorado State Library, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and 387 libraries (public, military and academic) across the state that provides free access to state parks to library patrons through circulating state park passes and nature backpacks. One Book 4 Colorado, a collaboration between the State Library, Lt. Governor’s Office, Denver Preschool Program, and all Colorado public and military libraries, provides a copy of the same free book to every 4 year old in the state (75,000 copies) through public libraries for 2 weeks each spring. We’ll discuss how these programs may be replicated, scaled, and improved, as well as similar programs in other states and your ideas for additional collaborations.

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Back to the Past! (of Government Websites)

Thursday August 25: 3:00-4:00pm MDT/2:00-3:00pm PDT

Brad Vogus, Government Information Librarian, Arizona State University

Brad Vogus, Government Information Librarian at Arizona State University, will take you on a nostalgic trip back in time, looking at some of the first  government information websites. In a session designed to be fun and informative, he will visit the old White House and THOMAS government web sites, and invite others to share their stories of their early web experience with government information.

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