*Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents …

The Government Resources section of the North Carolina Library Association invites the Government Documents community to participate in their monthly *Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian webinars. Each webinar is recorded and then made available for viewing after the live session so that all can see and learn about the wide variety of government  information topics they cover. Feel free to visit http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources  to learn more and explore previous webinars. Details about the upcoming May webinar are included below.

*Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Lights-Camera-Action! – Congressional Committee Hearings*

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.

If Congressional Committee Hearings are not already one of your favorite government information genres, it might be after this session!   Carmen pulls back the curtain to examine the staging of a hearing, reviews how the activity is documented, and then considers the various resources and tools we use to discover and access the transcripts and records of proceedings.

We will consider user groups that utilize hearings for research and ideas for promotion of this fascinating genre.


Carmen Orth-Alfie is currently the Coordinator of Government Information Services and Engagement at the University of Kansas Libraries.  Her Federal Depository Library experiences span a variety of positions from student employee, support staff and now Regional Coordinator.  She has promoted the awareness and use of Congressional Committee Hearings through library instruction to students and researchers and at conference presentations for library colleagues locally and nationally.  Her enthusiasm for Congressional Committee hearings was formed while watching the early years of C-Span and reading the “Record Labeling” hearing.

We will meet together for Session #36, online on May 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by May 19 at 10:00 am using this link: *http://tinyurl.com/grs-session36


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 ( http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).

2014 Government Information Day – Registration now open!

2014 Government Information Day
Friday, June 6

Join us June 6 for programs about government information and the announcement of the Wisconsin Distinguished Document Award.

Online REGISTRATION is now open.  Registration cost is $10.

Check here for the day’s Schedule of Events.


UW-Madison, Memorial Library

Room 126 (located near the upper-left corner of the floor plan at this link: http://memorial.library.wisc.edu/about/floorplans.html#a)

728 State Street
Madison, WI

March Wisconsin Document Depository Program Highlights-Health Insurance

With over 7 million Americans signing up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov by the 2014 deadline, health insurance has been a hot topic in the news lately. Coincidentally, in March, the Wisconsin Document Depository Program’s distribution list is chockfull of documents related to health insurance.

From the list of print documents

Health insurance for small employers and their employees, 2014

INU .6/2:H 4/10/2014

From the list of electronic documents

A guide to health insurance and worker’s compensation insurance for farm families (06/2008)

INU .6/2:H 4/9/2008

Consumer’s guide to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and Wisconsin insurance laws (07/2007)

INU .6/2:H 4/15/2007

Consumer’s guide to managed care health plans in Wisconsin (07/2013)

INU .6/2:H 4/8/2013

Wisconsin guide to health insurance for people with medicare (Dec. 3, 2013)

INU .6/2:H 4/3/2014