*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).


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