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GODORT preconference: Docs2.0: emerging web technologies for the government documents community

We at FGI are trying to get the word out about the GODORT pre-conference “Docs2.0: emerging web technologies for the government documents community” at ALA Annual conference in Anaheim, Friday, June 27, 2008, 9:00am – 12:30. Registration is now open and seating is limited to 35. So do it now! (FGI is bringing speakers and refreshments!!). For further questions, email James at jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu.

This program will highlight tools like wikis, blogs, social tagging, custom search engines, flickr and other Web services, and will focus on how these new technologies can enhance library services. Speakers will highlight projects and give hands-on training to set up and administer these services. Attendees will leave the program with knowledge of tools to help them collaborate, build Web collections, and better connect with their users, as well as having real examples of projects to use as templates. Transportation will be provided from the Convention Center.


  • James R. Jacobs, International Documents Librarian, Stanford University. “Social tagging for building subject portals”
  • Amy West, Interim Head, Government Publications Library, University of Minnesota. “Integration of 2.0 tools like Instant Messaging (IM) for reference”
  • Jim A. Jacobs, Data Librarian Emeritus, University of California at San Diego. “RSS for documents librarians”
  • David Oldenkamp, International Studies Librarian, Indiana University. “Custom search engines with GoogleCSE”
  • John Wonderlich, Program Director, Sunlight Foundation. (keynote) Open House Project

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