Wednesday, September 2, 2009

NCSLA Government Information Workshop

Friday, September 25, 2009
8:45am - 12:00pm
Sponsored by Reprints Desk

The world of government information covers a vast array of subjects. Join the NC SLA chapter as we delve into three exciting facets of government information. This workshop will feature informative presentations on Patents, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and scientific and technical information. Whether you are new to government information, or just looking to update your knowledge, this workshop is for you! In addition to three great presentations, you will also have the opportunity to network with your colleagues while enjoying a continental breakfast.

The World of Patent Information – Resources for Librarians
Jean Porter, Reference Librarian, Meredith College
Formerly Patent Librarian at NC State University

Ever need to find patent information but don’t know where to start? Are you on a tight budget but sometimes need to find patents? This session will help you gain insight into the sometimes confusing universe of patent information, focusing on freely available electronic resources.

Geographic Information Systems – Resources and Applications
Amanda Henley, Geographic Information Systems Librarian
Davis Library University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Get acquainted with geospatial resources! This presentation will provide an overview of Geographic Information Systems, geospatial data, and online mapping resources. This technology is no longer just for the expert. Online mapping resources put GIS in everyone's hands.

Finding Government Scientific and Technical Information

Susan Forbes, Assistant Director
US EPA-RTP Library (UNC)

The US Government is a prolific publisher of scientific and technical information in many areas. Finding your way to the information you need can be challenging. This session will provide an overview of the resources available for locating all types of government sci tech information, with special attention given to environmental information and locating research that supports regulatory actions.

Date: Friday, September 25, 2009

Schedule of Events:

8:45 – 9:15 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 Announcements & Introductions
9:30 – 10:15 Patent Information
10:15 – 11:00 GIS
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Sci Tech Information
12:00 – EPA-RTP Library tours and lunch (on your own at the on-site cafĂ©).

Location: US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park Campus
Building C – Room C111A
Directions to EPA:

You will be directed to parking at the gate. Please bring a photo ID and allow a few extra minutes to pass through security.

Registration Details:

NCSLA members: $10
Non-members: $15
Students: $5

Breakfast is included with registration!

Space is limited, so register today at

Registration deadline: Monday, September 21st

Questions? Contact Susan Forbes at or 919-541-0095

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