Gov Info and You!


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Presentation I use when talking to students or groups about gov info (intro to gov info). 2010 version.

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  • Introduction
    Ask each student to write down 1 -2 items, ideas that they would like to discuss from the readings.
    Ask someone to define Gov Info
  • Discuss levels of government
    Organization of government
    How we collect government information and make it accessible
  • Family –birth, death, marriage
    Vaccines (funding for development and regulations)
    Nutritional guidelines
    Bioterrorism intervention
    Drug approval
    Regulation of nursing homes
    Medicare payment schedules for hospitals
    Equal employment opportunity guidelines
    Consumer price index
    Civil service salaries
    Mediation in labor disputes
    Social security and food stamps
    Certifies home repair contractors and prosecutes ripoffs
    Building inspectors
    Enforces disclosure rules when getting a mortgage
    Consumer pamphlets on renting, buying homes, and moving companies
    Zoning ordinances
    Water supplies
    Waste disposal
    Power and cable industry regs
    Toxic waste cleanup
    Weather alerts
    Disaster assistance
    National park system
    Airport security
    Grant funding for the arts and humanities
    Fishing and hunting licenses
    State park camping reservations
    Student loans
    Work study scholarships
    College admission court decisions
    Research grants for faculty and academic departments
    Federal depository libraries
    Originally sponsored the internet
    Copyright protections
    Regulates stock market (sometimes)
    Technical research
    Trade regulations and statistics
    Employment regulations
    Safety standards
    Loans to start a small business
  • Publications, Information, Documents – the materials published by the government for public dissemination. Typically what we get in libraries
    Declassification is the process of documents that formerly were classified becoming available to the public, under the principle of freedom of information. Procedures for declassification vary by country.
    Public records refers to information that has been filed or recorded by local, state, federal or other government agencies, such as corporate and property records. Public records are created by the federal and local government, (vital records, immigration records, real estate records, driving records, criminal records, etc.) or by the individual (magazine subscriptions, voter registration, etc.). Most essential public records are maintained by the government and many are accessible to the public either free-of-charge or for an administrative fee. Availability is determined by federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Primary Source material
    Provides authoritative overview or background information for an area (Country Reports, CIA World FactBook, Statistical Abstract, Census)
    Usually copyright and cost free – except for born digital where printing costs are passed on to users.
    Many agency sites have strong legal requirements for authenticity and accuracy (we won’t get into the politics of the current administration…which could challenge that…)
    Covers every discipline and subject imaginable: Arts (NEA) to Sciences
    It affects us all – news, food we eat, air we breathe, cars we drive, beds we sleep in, people in our neighborhoods, etc.
    Encourages civic participation – Public Comments, write your elected officials (Save Internet Radio! Internet RADIO EQUALITY ACT, S. 1353 IN THE SENATE AND H.R. 2060 IN THE HOUSE)
    Major research grant funding source and research output– catalog of federal domestic assistance, NIH.
  • Talk about the relation of gov info publishing and news sources.
  • Gov Info and You!

    1. 1. Government Information and YOU! Image from The Most Famous Poster, American Treasures of the Library of Congress UCLA Library
    2. 2. Federal, State, Local, International, Foreign, and NGOs in all formats!
    3. 3. Government Information is part of our daily lives… © ® TM
    4. 4. Government Information is part of our daily lives…
    5. 5. Key Characteristics… • Primary sources • Authoritative sources • Legal requirements for authenticity and accuracy • Usually copyright and cost free • Covers every discipline and subject • Major source of research grant funding and research output • Encourages civic participation (lifelong learning)
    6. 6. Government Information can answer almost anything… • How many El Salvadorans live in LosHow many El Salvadorans live in Los Angeles?Angeles? • Is my drinking water safe?Is my drinking water safe? • What is the fine for talking on a cell phoneWhat is the fine for talking on a cell phone in my car?in my car? • What are Cap-and-trade systems;What are Cap-and-trade systems; areare they really going to help thethey really going to help the environment?environment? • I want to explore the Cinderella themes in Dorothy Edwards short stories.
    7. 7. Formal Definitions… 44 USC § 1901 “Government publication” as used in this chapter, means informational matter which is published as an individual document at Government expense, or as required by law.”
    8. 8. 44 USC § 3301 “records” includes all books, papers, maps, photographs, machine readable materials, or other documentary materials, regardless of physical format or characteristics, made or received by an agency of the United States Government under Federal law or in connection with the transaction of public business…
    9. 9. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) • 5 U.S.C. 552, as amended, generally provides any person with the statutory right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to Government information in executive branch agency records. This right to access is limited when such information is protected from disclosure by one of FOIA's nine statutory exemptions. •
    10. 10. Short exercise • Google and foia reading room St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    11. 11. “That’s Classified Information” • Executive Order 13526 Short exercise: Find EO 13526 How long is can material be classified?
    12. 12. 4 Approaches to Finding Gov Info • Known title • Subject • Agency • Special Technique
    13. 13. The Government Information Forest Legislation: Bills, Acts, Hearings, Debates Laws: Statutes, Codes, Court decisions Regulations: Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations(CFR) Executive Branch: Executive Orders, Proclamations, Speeches Agencies: Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of Public Social Services, Social Security Admin. Maps: CIA, topographic, geologic, land use
    14. 14. The Government Information Forest Government Officials: Barbara Boxer, Mukasey, Paulsen Statistics: Census, Statistical Abstract, Construction Starts Obvious Publication: 9-11 Report, Starr Report, Governor’s Budget Technical Reports: DOE, EPA, NASA, Research/Investigations: NIH, Criminal Justice, FDA
    15. 15. Government Information and Newspapers
    16. 16. • 1813  [3 Stat. 140] Copies of  Senate/House Journals,  Congressional materials to be  deposited to libraries • 1860 Title 44 and GPO • 1895 Office of the Superintendent  of Documents • 1962 Depository Library Act • 1996 
    17. 17. Federal Depository Library Program • Title 44 USC Sec. 1901-1916 • Administered by GPO • Collections and Services – FDLP Desktop – GPO Access
    18. 18. Follow the depository bird!     Government Information @ UCLA
    19. 19. UCLA Library Government Information Specialists are here to help! • Federal: Maria Jankowska, Kris  Kasianovitz • State, Local, Canadian,NGOs:   Kris Kasianovitz • International: Joseph Yue • British: Maria Jankowska • Foreign: Area Studies Librarians
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