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GODORT preconferences still open to registration

ALA annual conference is coming up and there are a couple of GODORT preconferences that may be of interest to FGI readers. Since they’re on different days, you could attend both!

Want to learn more about Web2.0 technologies and documents librarianship? There’s still time to register for 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. The 1/2 day preconference will be chock full of both hands-on work and discussion about Web2.0 tools and how they can be used to help documents librarians with their collections and services. FGI volunteers Jim Jacobs and James Jacobs will be presenting about RSS and del.icio.us; Additional speakers on the slate are Amy West, David Oldenkamp, and the keynote will be John Wonderlich, Program Director of the Sunlight Foundation.

The other preconference of interest is entitled, “Got Elections? Informing the Public” on Thursday, June 26, 8:30am – 4:30pm. This is cosponsored by GODORT, ACRL, and LPSS.

At this lively full-day workshop with nationally recognized speakers, attendees will learn Who Decides? (Information on Voters), Who Runs? (Information on Candidates), Who Cares? (Information on Issues), and Who Wins? (Information on Election Results). Help library and online users make sense of the information they find. Transportation will be provided from the Convention Center.

Location: California State University Fullerton, Pollak Library, 800 N State College Blvd.

Speakers: Rhodes Cook, Political Analyst, RhodesCook. com; Stephen Woods, Social Sciences Librarianm Pennsylvania State University; Chris Palazzolo, Librarian for Political Science & International Documents, Emory University; John Hernandez, Politics and U.S. Documents Librarian, Princeton University; Erik Estep, North Carolina Reference Librarian, East Carolina University; Jerry Wong, Information Services Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

Tickets: Advance: GODORT Member: $125; ALA Member: $150; Non-Member: $200; Student/ Retired Member: $100. Onsite: GODORT Member: $140; ALA Member: $165; Non-Member: $215; Student/Retired Member: $115
Event Code: GO1

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