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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.

Save the Date! Core Competencies for International Documents: What You Need to Learn.

  • 1.  Save the Date! Core Competencies for International Documents: What You Need to Learn.

    Posted May 21, 2024 10:47 AM
    Edited by Michael Alguire May 21, 2024 10:49 AM

    You are all cordially invited to the GODORT International Documents Task Force virtual meeting at the ALA Annual Conference on June 11th at 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). In addition to the updates from IGO publishers and vendors, we are hosting a talk by Mike McCaffrey and James Church entitled '"Core Competencies for International Document Librarians: What You Need to Learn."

    While virtually all academic and most larger public libraries have collections that contain International Government Organization (IGO) publications, no library schools, with one notable exception, have offered a course on IGO document librarianship. In this session, Mike McCaffrey and Jim Church will outline the key skills and competencies necessary for individuals to work effectively and professionally with IGO information.

    There is no cost to attend. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the day.

    Mike McCaffrey currently teaches government information and data librarianship at Western University. He formerly taught at San Jose and the University of Alberta and, for 15 years, taught the international documents librarianship course at the University of Toronto. He has worked as a librarian at universities and think tanks in Canada and the US. Mike is the founder of the INTL-DOC LISTSERV and has published on IGO documentation.

    Jim Church is the librarian for economics, political economy, global studies, and international government information at UC Berkeley. He has served as the chair of the IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section and held multiple positions in the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association. He has authored publications on international government information and enjoys teaching and speaking about international government data. In June 2022 he was a co-recipient of the GODORT Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award and Margaret T. Lane / Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award. 

    Best Wishes,

    Michael Alguire
    IDTF Coordinator

    Michael Alguire