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 …

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