GODORT Government Information for Children Committee
...Looking forward to our meeting at ALA Annual. Please read this message thread from bottom to top and feel free to contact either Connie or me with feedback. You many also contact any of our GODORT leaders listed in the message thread:
Thanks for your prompt responses and coordinating efforts, Suzanne, Bernadine, and Barbara.
I really like what Kathy proposes and appreciate the edits submitted to prompt possible approval by the Exec. Committee.
However, if Suzanne feels the timeline is too short, it might be best for us to use one of the official statements already prepared. What do you think, Kathy and Connie?
I'll see what our GIC members have to say by posting this message thread to ALAConnect.
Talk to you soon; take care.
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REQUEST: Updates for 2014 ALA Mid-Winter Virtual Meeting - GIC
...Hope everyone is well and enjoying Fall in your part of the world.
I know the holidays are fast approaching, and I just wanted to get a sense of where we're at prior to our virtual meeting for ALA Mid-Winter. Please respond either here or on ALAConnect relative to the status of your part of our plan.
Also, if you have any updates for Connie's wonderful government information for kids site, please send them to her, myself (and I'll forward them), or post them in the resource request message thread Connie created on ALAConnect.
Thomas Adamich on Thu, 08/01/2013 - 6:15am
This is excellent! We'll put you in charge of distirbuting the workload and establishing the timeframes for the teacher's wiki. Please reach out to Rich to see what Spanish language resources he can contribute and regarding the status on that project. Also, if everyone could update us on the status of their work as we discussed at ALA in Chicago (attached).
Let's all take a look at Connie's site as identified:
Additionally, we already have 3 wikis for the group:
- Gov Doc Kids Group wiki at http://govdocs4children.pbworks.com/
- ALA GODORT wiki at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Gov_Doc_Kids
- FDLP Community site at http://community.fdlp.gov/groups/viewgroup/14-Gov+Doc+Kids+Group.html
I would like each of you to take a look at one of these (you may work together if you'd like). Give your thoughts on how the resources may be updated and utilized. Please report back to the group (either in this space or via e-mail) by 1 September 2013.
Also, now is the time to start promoting the Constitution Day Poster Contest. If you can share the following with just one listserv, that would be ecellent (multiple ones if possible):
Subject:Constitution Day Poster Contest + YouTube Video - Defense Commissary Agency Promotes Constitution Day with American Library Association Group
Commissaries help promote Constitution Day Contest
By DeCA Corporate Communication
FORT LEE, Va. – For the third straight year, the Defense Commissary Agency has joined several other organizations promoting the annual Constitution Day Poster Contest, which awards prizes to youths in grades K-12.
Posters providing contest details will be displayed in commissaries worldwide to highlight Constitution Day, Sept. 17, which serves to raise awareness among children about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, voting rights and the need to preserve liberties.
“As a DoD agency we’re proud to be part of an effort to help our young people learn more about our Constitution,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “This is a good time for everyone, regardless of age, to take some time to learn more about the document that forms the foundation of our country.”
Children can participate in the contest by designing a poster showing what the Constitution means to them. Winning posters will be used to publicize and celebrate Constitution Day. Entry deadline is Oct. 1, and information on contest requirements and awards can be found here. Competition categories are grouped by grades. One winner in each category will be awarded a $50 savings bond, and the grand prize winner will also receive a bicentennial coin set.
The contest is sponsored by Constitutionfacts.com, which publishes “The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It.” Since 2008, Constitutionfacts.com has teamed with the Gov Doc Kids Group, a national organization that promotes better understanding and use of federal information and publications for students.
Constitution Day is observed nationally Sept. 17, the anniversary of the day that the members of the Constitutional Convention met for the last time and signed the Constitution in 1787. In 2004, the government established it as a federal observance.
Please contact me with any questions. Talk to you soon; take care.
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Tom Adamich, MLS
Visiting Librarian Service
P.O. Box 932
Philadelphia, OH 44663
Thanks for your willingness to share your knowledge, talent, and interest to advocate the many opportunities to share important, useful government information with children and educators. We have been given a golden opportunity, as a GODORT standing committee to make a difference in making government information for children concepts and strategies a priority -- both in GODORT and in the national arena.
Below is an overview of our current activities please review, and make recommendations for both existing and new activities:
Government Information for Children – GIC: A GODORT Standing Committee
Submitted by Tom Adamich, Government Information Librarian and President – Visiting Librarian Service, on behalf of the Gov Doc Kids Group
Statement of Purpose:
Government information is a key component in everyone’s life; it is an important resource that is not region or country specific. In North America, estimates show that nearly 90% of all financial, healthcare, industrial, and agricultural activity requires producers, workers, and participants to interact with government information at least one point in the production/transaction/treatment/delivery processes which may be associated with that sector and its activities. Therefore, the need to develop skills for identifying, accessing, and consuming government information should be recognized early in life and appreciated as an important responsibility associated with productive living in modern society.
To encourage that effort in North America (including the United States, Canada, Mexico, etc.) this proposal to the American Library Association’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) to approve a request to establish the Government Information for Children -- GIC -- Standing Committee is being submitted for review and action (either affirmation or denial to the request).
Functional Details Associated with the GIC
1. Given current resources developed as part of the Gov Doc Kids Group, members of the GIC Standing Committee will work to support the group’s mission, which is as follows:
Promote government information in order to engage K-12 students in learning about history, culture, science, and government through games and other interactive activities; to assist teacher / school librarians, public librarians, academic librarians, parents, and the general public with locating teaching aids, lesson plans, and exciting tools to enhance students' learning; and provide all populations with a collection of free government resources – designed for children -- to advance their personal and professional needs.
2. Utilizing virtual platforms, processes, and procedures, members of the GIC Standing committee will maintain the following:
Gov Doc Kids Group’s current projects are:
a) creating links to government information resources useful to K-12 students via its online portals at http://govdocs4children.pbworks.com/ , etc. (Please see a complete list in the “Visit us Online” section below.)
Visit Us Online:
Gov Doc Kids Group has an online presence in three sites:
· Gov Doc Kids Group wiki at http://govdocs4children.pbworks.com/
· ALA GODORT wiki at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Gov_Doc_Kids
· FDLP Community site at http://community.fdlp.gov/groups/viewgroup/14-Gov+Doc+Kids+Group.html
b) Marketing and promotion for the Annual Constitution Day Poster Design Contest - http://www.constitutionfacts.com/constitution-poster-design-contest/
c) Recommendations for additional GIC Committee activities (ex. Members may also make presentations at the state, regional, and national level about how to promote use of government resources to students, teachers, parents, and/or other interested populations)
Let me know if you have questions; see you in Chicago!