Teaching U.S. Govt. & International Docs.

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This presentation discusses the importance of teaching and promoting government and international documents to the students of History, International Studies, Political Science, and Latin American Studies.

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Teaching U.S. Govt. & International Docs.

  1. 1. Library Instruction Sessions: U.S. Govt. & International Docs. Chella Vaidyanathan History, Political Science, and U.S. Government & International Documents University of Miami Libraries ALA Conference, June 2008
  2. 2. Why Teach About Documents? <ul><li>Highly valuable sources of information </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches critical thinking and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Issues of global concern – global warming, human rights, drug trafficking, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary nature of information </li></ul><ul><li>Recent information is available </li></ul><ul><li>Available for free </li></ul>
  3. 3. Discipline Specific Uses: History, Political Science, International Studies, & Latin American Studies <ul><li>Primary source materials </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative history </li></ul><ul><li>Domestic and public policy issues </li></ul><ul><li>Hot international issues </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns of present administration </li></ul><ul><li>Government viewpoints </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to American and international governments </li></ul>
  4. 4. Few Examples from U.S. Govt. <ul><li>The National Security Archive – http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/ </li></ul><ul><li>Central Intelligence Agency – http://www.foia.cia.gov/special_collections.asp </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Department of State – http://www.state.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Agency for International Development – http://www.usaid.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>The White House – http://www.whitehouse.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>World War II – http://worldwar2.smu.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Relations of the United States – http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/FRUS/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. International Examples <ul><li>United Nations – http://www.un.org/english/ </li></ul><ul><li>Portals to the World: Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html </li></ul><ul><li>The World Bank – http://www.worldbank.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Asian Development Bank – http://www.adb.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Europa: Gateway to the European Union – http:// europa.eu/index_en.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-American Development Bank – http://www.iadb.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Organization of American States – http://www.oas.org/main/english/ </li></ul><ul><li>OPEC Online Library – http://www.opec.org/library/ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Starting Points <ul><li>GPO Access – http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>USA.gov – http://www.usa.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>Open CRS – http://opencrs.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>GODORT Handout Exchange and Clearing House – http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/godort.html </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Government Accountability Office – http://www.gao.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Governments: Northwestern University – http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govinfo/resource/internat/foreign.html </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Governments: University of Michigan – http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/foreign.html </li></ul>
  7. 7. Promoting Use of Documents <ul><li>Marketing e-mails to faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Word of mouth publicity by faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops on government documents </li></ul><ul><li>Team-teach with other subject librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Present at departmental meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Student spokesperson </li></ul><ul><li>Research consultations </li></ul><ul><li>Reaching local community users </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits </li></ul>
  8. 8. Results at the University of Miami Libraries <ul><li>Increased visibility of documents collection </li></ul><ul><li>Research consultations – approximately 177 </li></ul><ul><li>Course-related instruction sessions – approximately 70 </li></ul>
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