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Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

ALA Annual GODORT Update Meeting: “Need Data – but don’t know where to go?”

More Gov Info Presentations @ ALA Annual

If you are going to the ALA Annual 2009 Conference in Chicago next week, please come to the “ALA Unconference” where I will be leading a broad discussion on Friday, July 10th from 11:10-12:00 on the library’s role in current & emerging trends of civic engagement, transparency, preservation and access to Government information. The supporting materials and presentation will be linked in the Unconference wiki.

Also, please come to the LITA BIGWIG Social Software Showcase to discuss and learn about Government Information Mashups! I will be presenting on this topic and would love to have you help out and/or join in on the conversation! The presentation will be posted on their website but the face to face portion of the BIGWIG Showcase presentations will take place Monday, July 13th from 10:30am – 12:30pm in the McCormick Convention Center West, Room W-184.

FGI @ ALA annual conference ’09 in Chicago

If anyone’s going to be in Chicago July 9-13, you might consider heading over to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference ’09 for their grassroots program. All of the FGI gang will be there. Jim Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo, and friend of FGI Gabriela Schneider will be on a panel called “Libraries and Obama’s Information Policy” on Saturday, 3:30–5 p.m. Hope you can make it!!

Libraries and Obama’s Information Policy
Saturday, July 11, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Hilton, Lake Ontario room

The nation’s information policy is a major concern for the library community. We are facing a critical historical juncture, where libraries can raise our voices and provide a vision of information policy. This panel will provide an opportunity to identify key issues in the new administration’s information policies and discuss ways the library community can participate in forming that policy.

Moderator: Caroline Nappo, Doctoral Student, Information in Society Fellow, University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library & Information Science

Panelists: Jim Jacobs, Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego, Co-creator of FreeGovInfo.info; Gabriela Schneider, Communications Director, Sunlight Foundation; ShinJoung Yeo, Information in Society Fellow Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

There’s also a panel on Monday July 13 from 8-10am called “From Legacy Data to Linked Data: Preparing Libraries for Web 3.0.” None of the FGIers are on the panel, but we’re sure to be there as data is very important!!