ALA eCourse - January 6-31, 2014
Topics Week 1. U.S. Federal Documents Background and History; The Three Branches of U.S. Federal Government: Legislative, Executive, and the Judiciary
Topics Week 2. U.S. Federal Government Information
Topics Week 3. State and Local Government Information
Topics Week 4. Government Information for Business, Health and Medicine, the Sciences, Education, Genealogy and History, Statistical Resources, and Grants.
This hands-on course explores the information treasures published online by the U. S. Federal and State governments through the Government Printing Office and specific agencies and branches of the government. The state and local government sites that manage Federal Government programs and information are also covered. We will explore the best sites to begin researching in general and specifically for business, healthcare, genealogy, history, current government, legal, regulatory, taxes, retirement, insurance, and state and local government information.
Plan on at least two hours for each Web-based activity for a minimum of 24 hrs of hands-on work. Lecture, discussion and overview time will vary around 12 hours total. Plan on 10 hours of work each week. Read thoroughly and view each site as it is introduced.
This course is intended for librarians and other researchers who want to be able to quickly and efficiently find current, accurate, and complete information published by the U. S. Federal and State governments on the Web.
Participants should know how to use e-mail and a current standard Web Browser, e.g., Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer -- current versions are best..
Diane K. Kovacs is President of Kovacs Consulting and has been a Web Teacher and consultant for two decades. She designs and teaches Web-based and in-person courses for organizations and individuals including UIUC GSLIS LEEP, SJSU SLIS, ALAEditions, ACRL, MLA, and others. Diane has been designing and teaching Web-based and in-person MLA Approved CE Courses since 2001
Her most recent book is Theiss, Danielle, and Kovacs, Diane K. (editors) (2013) Finding a Public Voice: Barbara Fister as a Case Study. ALA Editions: Chicago. 7 Steps to Effective Online Teaching is forthcoming in 2014 from ALA Editions: Chicago. Other books include The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development: Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines(2009) 2ed. Neal-Schuman Publishers: New York. and The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments (2007) Neal-Schuman Publishers: New York. published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007)
Diane Kovacs is the 2000 recipient of the "Documents to the People" award from the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association. She was also the recipient of the Apple Corporation Library's, Internet Citizen Award for 1992 and was the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association's first recipient of the Leadership Award in 1996.
Diane received an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Kent State University in 1993. She has a B.A. in Anthropology also from the University of Illinois, 1985.
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kovacs dot com or diane dot kovacs at gmail dot com