GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)

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The mission of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) is to (1) To provide a forum for discussion of problems, concerns, and for exchange of ideas by librarians working with government documents; (2) to provide a force for initiating and supporting programs to increase availability, use, and bibliographic control of documents; (3) to increase communication between documents librarians and other librarians; (4) to contribute to the extension and improvement of education and training of documents librarians.

Learn more about GODORT on the ALA website.

  • 1.  No Friday Chat for Friday, Sept 24

    Posted Sep 21, 2021 05:17 PM
    All, hello.
    We didn't get any takers for the Friday Chat this week, so I'm gonna cancel. 

    If you have ideas for the Oct 8 chat, please reach out and let me know.

    thank you,

    Robbie Sittel
    University of North Texas Libraries

  • 2.  RE: No Friday Chat for Friday, Sept 24

    Posted Sep 22, 2021 07:55 AM

    I'd like to talk about data.census.gov – maybe bring in a trainer.

    One thing that I have raised with Census feedback is that data.census.gov gives you dynamic tables – and you can get a URL that will create a table with the exact factors selected. BUT it is not the exact table originally used. I know I am not the only reference librarian who sees a need for static tables (as well as dynamic). It is essential for patrons to be able to have a table that other people will be able to use when evaluating patron's information.

    In a webinar yesterday, I suggested that in they can't bring back some functionality of AFF , maybe they could bring back Stat Abs.

    Anyway – anyone else interested?

    Census Bureau hears from business sector about data.census.gov but not many librarians. Last year one webinar presenter admitted that they hadn't considered the needs of libraries and welcomed more input.



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