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Welcome to the SLA Government Information Division!

D_McBee_2011sThe division brings together those interested in the benefits, organization, and management of government information sources with those responsible for the provision and improvement of government library services.  We delve into all government information of all kinds, from the local level through state/provincial, national and international entities.  Our goal is to act as a conduit for SLA information professionals to exchange thoughts and ideas on the value and use of government information and government libraries.

I hope everyone is excited about the SLA Conference coming in 2 weeks!  I certainly am.  We have a great program ahead of us that will be of benefit to Division membership as well as the rest of SLA.  Our speakers are a Who’s Who of 21st Century Librarianship!

The SLA conference in Phoenix runs from Saturday, June 16 – Tuesday, June 20. As in previous years, we’ve partnered with many other SLA divisions to bring you social events and programs on diverse topics, including strategic planning, copyright, digital archives, and more.

Stop by and say hello at our kiosk on the SLA Main Street

Here are day-by-day highlights of programs we’re hosting or cohosting. Going to the conference? Download the conference app!


While your DGI Board is meeting, you can kick things off with a tour of the Heard Museum Advancing American Indian Art.  This museum was established almost 90 years ago and is recognized for the quality of its collection as well as their programs and events.  The tour starts at 1:00 PM and is a ticketed event.

That evening, join us for dinner at 7:00 p.m., at Hanny’s, 40 North 1st Street, just steps away from the Convention Center.  Visit with old and new friends, share stories and laughs.  This is another ticketed event.  W.T. Cox is a sponsor this dinner.


We have an early start on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., Rethinking the “New Sources” in Legal Research.  Join retired Law Librarian of Congress Roberta Shaffer to examine and evaluate various “new sources” for legal research. The session will provide a historical overview of how courts have identified new sources of research to incorporate into their judicial decision making. The speaker will highlight older “innovations” like the law review and the Brandeis brief, but also focus on the more recent influences of URLs, blogs and other social media, and most important, the use and analysis of raw data.

At 2:15 p.m. we will have a Conversation with Local, State, and Federal Library Directors.  It promises to be a lively roundtable discussion on issues facing local, state, and federal government libraries and information professionals. Topics will include library management, library strategic planning, performance-based assessment, government information preservation, and disaster planning. The discussion will also feature career advancement strategies for government librarians and information professionals.  Department of State Librarian Julie Arrighetti will moderate a panel that includes Jaime Ball, Blane Dessy, Rita Hamilton, Cindy Hill and Richard Huffine.

Sunday evening, join us in an annual tradition: the Joint Division Reception, co-hosted with three other SLA divisions (Solo Librarians, Social Sciences, Transportation, and Museums, Arts, and Humanities). We will be hosting this year’s event off site at the District American Kitchen and Wine Bar.  Stop by between 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones.  This is another ticketed event.


Another 9:00 a.m. start with Library of Congress Classification Specialist Jolande Goldberg, to talk to us about Organizing and Preserving Indigenous Legal Materials: Success Stories and Lessons Learned at the Law Library of Congress.  Joining Jolande will be Roberta Shaffer.  The Indigenous Law Portal is a collaborative project between the Library Services Policy and Standards Division, the Library of Congress, and the Law Library of Congress. The Portal creates access to digitized materials from the LC Law Library collections, tribal websites, and other primary source materials and contributes to a global circle of knowledge.

Following that – in the same room – is Government Contracting: What You Need to Know as a Library Manager and Information Professional.  Presenters will be James King, Information Architect at NIH Library, and Meg Tulloch, Director of FEDLINK.  W.T. Cox is the sponsor for this talk.

At present we are working out the details for a program on Cultural Diversity for Information Professionals.

Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. will be our Division business meeting, featuring a keynote address by David S. Ferriero, the current Archivist of the United States.  Mr. Ferriero will deliver a keynote on the open government initiatives and the Open Government Plan.


Start your day with a session on Preparing for the Worst, Hoping for the Best: Disaster Planning 101 for Information Professionals at 9:00 a.m., Jeanne Drewes from the Library of Congress will help us prepare for unforeseen dangers and potential disasters!

At 1:30 p.m., DGI’s conference program wraps up with a session on Fair Use in the Digital Age: Latest Developments in Digital Copyright Law for Information Professionals.  Christopher Kenneally, host of Beyond the Book podcast series for CCC and Chris Weston, US Copyright Office will share their insights on the latest developments in digital copyright law in the United States, including recent court decisions addressing digitization and fair use.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Phoenix!


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