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Presentation at the Louisiana Association of School Librarians MidWinter Conference, Alexandria, LA, March 3, 2012

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From Gov Docs to Fun Docs: Using Government Information to Enhance your Library and School From Gov Docs to Fun Docs: Using Government Information to Enhance your Library and School Presentation Transcript

  • From Gov Docs to Fun D  cs! Using Government Information to Enhance your Library and School Sonnet Ireland Head of Federal Documents Earl K. Long Library University of New Orleans LASL Midwinter March 3 , 2012
  • Who are you?
    • I'm the Head of Federal Documents for the
    • Earl K. Long Library at the University of New Orleans.
    • We've been a depository since 1963, and we have a 93% selection rate. That means that we receive 93% of what the government puts out.
  • What are you going to teach us?
    • Today, you are going to learn how to access government information/resources that suit the needs of your students!
    • Some of these resources are even great for the school or parents.
  • Why are you showing this to us?
    • Because the term "Government Documents" terrifies even the bravest of librarians...
    • But it shouldn't! This stuff is easy to find and use!
  • Who can we use this for?
    • Everyone! That's the beauty of government information...there's so much of it! You can use gov info for...
    And much, much, MUCH more…
  • How can we access this great stuff?
    • Easily! Today, you will learn...
    • How to find great stuff in the GPO catalog
    • How to find great stuff through Google
    • How to order FREE materials from a variety of places
    • Which sites to use as your go-to resources
  • 1. How to find great stuff in the GPO Catalog
    • First, go to Catalog.gpo.gov
    • Then search for terms like...
    • Coloring
    • or Activities
    • or Kids
    • Then limit to Internet Publications
  • 1. How to find great stuff in the GPO Catalog
    • Limiting to Internet Publications guarantees that you will be able to access these great resources.
    • However, if you see something you like that isn't available online, you can call your local depositories to see if they have it. Then you can come in and scan or copy it.
  • 2. How to find great stuff through Google
    • Go to Google.com to search for resources with terms like...
    • Kids site:.gov
    • or kids activities site:.gov
    • or Louisiana kids site:.gov
    • or New Orleans Kids site:.gov
  • 2. How to find great stuff through Google
    • Interested in a certain age range? Try substituting kids for...
    • Teens site:.gov
    • or grades k-3 site:.gov
    • or tweens site:.gov
    • or preteens site:.gov
  • 2. How to find great stuff through Google
    • What's with all the site:.gov, you ask? This is a limiter in Google that search specifically for websites that are .gov, as opposed to .com.
    • You can do a broad search for government information with site:.gov.
    • You can also search specific government sites with this function:
    • Like site:state.gov for the U.S. Department of State.
  • 2. How to find great stuff through Google
    • Looking for something more specific? Try searches like...
    • Kids NASA site:.gov
    • or kids site:nasa.gov
    • or kids epa site:.gov
    • or Kids site:epa.gov
  • 2. How to find great stuff through Google
    • Need ideas for which agencies have the best sites? Try...
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Centers for Disease Control
    • Central Intelligence Agency
    • U.S. Dept of Agriculture
  • 2. How to find great stuff through Google
    • Another great way to search? Using .org. These sites aren't always reliable (think Wikipedia), but many are (like PBS).
    • Use the same terms you used for the .gov searches, just substitute .gov with .org.
  • 3. How to order FREE stuff
    • You wouldn't believe how easy it is. Many sites (.govs and .orgs) offer FREE materials to schools. I kid you not!
    • Here are some of my favorites...
  • 3. How to order FREE stuff
    • Publications.USA.gov
    • Store.SAMHSA.gov
    • C-SpanClassroom.org
  • 4. Go-to Resources: .gov
    • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
    • bensguide.gpo.gov
    • Library of Congress: Kids and Families
    • www.loc.gov/families
    • Kids.gov
    • Kids.clerk.house.gov
    • usa.gov/Topics/Teens.shtml
    • www.FindYouthInfo.gov
  • 4. Go-to Resources: Specific .govs
    • StopBullying.gov/kids
    • Teens.drugabuse.gov
    • Ready.gov/kids
    • Read.gov/kids
    • USmint.gov/kids
    • SolarSystem.nasa.gov/kids
  • 4. Go-to Resources: Louisiana .gov
    • Louisiana.gov Kids' Page
    • louisiana.gov/Explore/Kids_Page/
    • Mary Landrieu Kids Corner
    • landrieu.senate.gov/kidscorner/
    • Secretary of State's Louisiana Coloring Book
    • www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/allaroundla/coloringbook/color/
  • 4. Go-to Resources: .org
    • KidsHealth.org
    • PBSKids.org
    • Kids.JDRF.org
    • KidsClick.org (SLIS @ Kent State University)
  • 4. Go-to Resources...
    • Shameless Self-Promotion...
    • Gov Info 4 Schools
    • govinfo4schools.blogspot.com
    • Federal Documents @ Earl K. Long Library
    • feddocs.blogspot.com
    • Twitter: @feddocs
  • Thank you!
    • Sonnet Ireland
    • Head of Federal Documents
    • Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
    • [email_address]
    • http:// www.linkedin.com/in/sonnet
    • And again....
    • Gov Info 4 Schools govinfo4schools.blogspot.com
    • Federal Documents @ Earl K. Long Library feddocs.blogspot.com
    • Twitter: @feddocs and @sonnetireland