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Webinar on “fugitive” documents, January 12. Register Now!

We hope you will join FGI folks James R. Jacobs and James A. Jacobs for a “Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian” webinar on Monday, January 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on the topic of “fugitive” documents!

Please RSVP for the Session by January 12 at 10:00 am using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session43

Compete announcement below.

*Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Fugitive hunters: community-based digital collection development of born-digital government information.*

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.

“Fugitive” documents – documents not sent automatically to FDLP libraries – have always been a problem for the FDLP community. Libraries have historically dealt with fugitives aggressively and creatively, collectively and individually, in response to the needs of their Designated Communities. However, the scope of the problem in the born-digital era is geometrically greater.

To wit, the number of “tangible” documents distributed by GPO in a year (about 10 thousand) and the number of digital documents in FDsys (about 7 million) is only a tiny fraction of the number of born-digital files harvested in the 2008 End of Term crawl of the .gov domain (about 160 million).

This presentation will give context to the “fugitive” issue and the digital present, demonstrating that born-digital community-wide collection development is a logical, rational, responsible, and important part of a document librarian’s job. It will help govt information librarians convince their administrations that building collections of born digital government information is the most effective and efficient way that each library can address the information needs of their own communities.

The presentation will provide practical examples of techniques that libraries of any size and budget can use to collect born-digital documents individually and in bulk via Web harvesting.

It will offer a coherent vision of a digital FDLP in which libraries actively participate and collaborate, building a more complete, more comprehensive, more secure national collection of born-digital government information.

James A. Jacobs (jajacobs@ucsd.edu) is Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego. He has more than 25 years experience working with digital information, digital services, and digital library collections. He is a technical consultant and advisor to the Center for Research Libraries in the auditing and certification of digital repositories using the Trusted Repository Audit Checklist (TRAC) and related CRL criteria. He served as Data Services Librarian at the University of California San Diego from 1985 to 2006 and co-taught the ICPSR summer workshop, “Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation” from 1990 to 2012. He is a co-founder of Free Government Information (freegovinfo.info).

James R. Jacobs (jrjacobs@stanford.edu is the US Government Information Librarian at Stanford University Libraries where he works on both traditional collection development as well as digital projects like LOCKSS-USDOCS and Web harvesting. He received his MSLIS in 2002 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) and served a 3 year term (2009 – 2012) on Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, including serving as DLC Chair from 2011 – 2012. He is a co-founder of Free Government Information (freegovinfo.info) and Radical Reference ( radicalreference.info) and is on the board of Question Copyright, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes a better public understanding of the history and effects of copyright, and encourages the development of alternatives to information monopolies.

*We will meet together for Session #43, online on January 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by January 12 at 10:00 am using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session43

Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam@uncg.edu). You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.

The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page .

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