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From Gov Docs to Fun Docs (LLA 2013)

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Whether serving toddlers or teenagers, government information can help you. While the words "government documents" strike fear in the hearts of men, you'll be surprised how easily you can find …

Whether serving toddlers or teenagers, government information can help you. While the words "government documents" strike fear in the hearts of men, you'll be surprised how easily you can find
items from both the state and federal government. Attend this session to find great tools for all ages.


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  • 1. From Gov Docs to Fun Dcs! Using Government Information to Enhance your Library and School Sonnet Ireland Head of Federal Documents & Microforms Earl K. Long LibraryLLA Conference University of New OrleansMarch 7, 2013
  • 2. Who are you?Im the Head of Federal Documents &Microforms for the Earl K. Long Library at theUniversity of New Orleans.Weve been a depository since 1963, and wehave a 93% selection rate. That means that wereceive 93% of what the government puts out.
  • 3. What are you going to teach us?Today, you are going to learn how to accessgovernment information/resources that suit theneeds of your students!Some of these resources are even great for theschool or parents.
  • 4. Why are you showing this to us?Because the term "Government Documents"terrifies even the bravest of librarians...But it shouldnt! This stuff is easy to find anduse!
  • 5. Who can we use this for?Everyone! Thats the beauty of governmentinformation...theres so much of it! You canuse gov info for... Science Math History Health/PE Social Studies Economics Art Reading And much, much, MUCH more…
  • 6. How can we access this great stuff?Easily! Today, you will learn...How to find great stuff in the GPO catalogHow to find great stuff through GoogleHow to order FREE materials from a variety of placesWhich sites to use as your go-to resources
  • 7. 1. How to find great stuff in the GPO CatalogFirst, go to Catalog.gpo.govThen search for terms like... Coloring or Activities or KidsThen limit to Internet Publications
  • 8. 1. How to find great stuff in the GPO CatalogLimiting to Internet Publications guarantees that youwill be able to access these great resources.However, if you see something you like that isntavailable online, you can call your local depositories tosee if they have it. Then you can come in and scan orcopy it.
  • 9. 2. How to find great stuff through GoogleGo to Google.com to search for resources with termslike... Kids site:.gov or kids activities site:.gov or Louisiana kids site:.gov or New Orleans Kids site:.gov
  • 10. 2. How to find great stuff through GoogleInterested in a certain age range? Try substituting kidsfor... Teens site:.gov or grades k-3 site:.gov or tweens site:.gov or preteens site:.gov
  • 11. 2. How to find great stuff through GoogleWhats with all the site:.gov, you ask? This is a limiterin Google that search specifically for websites that are.gov, as opposed to .com.You can do a broad search for government informationwith site:.gov.You can also search specific government sites with thisfunction:Like site:state.gov for the U.S. Department of State.
  • 12. 2. How to find great stuff through GoogleLooking for something more specific? Try searcheslike... Kids NASA site:.gov or kids site:nasa.gov or kids epa site:.gov or Kids site:epa.gov
  • 13. 2. How to find great stuff through GoogleNeed ideas for which agencies have the best sites?Try...National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationEnvironmental Protection AgencyFederal Bureau of InvestigationCenters for Disease ControlCentral Intelligence AgencyU.S. Dept of Agriculture
  • 14. 2. How to find great stuff through GoogleAnother great way to search? Using .org. These sitesarent always reliable (think Wikipedia), but many are(like PBS).Use the same terms you used for the .gov searches, justsubstitute .gov with .org.
  • 15. 3. How to order FREE stuffYou wouldnt believe how easy it is. Many sites (.govsand .orgs) offer FREE materials to schools. I kid younot!Here are some of my favorites...
  • 16. 3. How to order FREE stuffPublications.USA.govStore.SAMHSA.govC-SpanClassroom.org
  • 17. 4. Go-to Resources: .govBens Guide to U.S. Government for Kids bensguide.gpo.govLibrary of Congress: Kids and Families www.loc.gov/familiesKids.govKids.clerk.house.govusa.gov/Topics/Teens.shtmlwww.FindYouthInfo.gov
  • 18. 4. Go-to Resources: Specific .govsStopBullying.gov/kidsTeens.drugabuse.govReady.gov/kidsRead.gov/kidsUSmint.gov/kidsSolarSystem.nasa.gov/kids
  • 19. 4. Go-to Resources: Louisiana .govLouisiana.gov Kids Pagelouisiana.gov/Explore/Kids_Page/Secretary of States Louisiana Coloring Bookwww.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/allaroundla/coloringbook/color/
  • 20. 4. Go-to Resources: .orgKidsHealth.orgPBSKids.orgKids.JDRF.orgKidsClick.org (SLIS @ Kent State University)
  • 21. 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
  • 22. Thank you! Sonnet Ireland Head of Federal Documents Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans sebrown3@uno.edu 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

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