Thursday, January 21, 2010

OPAL Programs remaining in January

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST
      Congressional Legislation @ Your Fingertips: Using THOMAS, the Library of Congress Web Site for Federal Legislative Information

      "Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government. . . ." Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789, The Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.

      Bloggers, pundits, advocacy groups, and others vie for the public’s attention as Congress debates the issues of the day. Becoming a well-informed citizen can be challenging. THOMAS, the Library of Congress Web site for federal legislative information, offers the public an opportunity to search and read legislation, track its progress from bill to law, and follow congressional debates. It contains links to related government resources and educational materials, plus historical congressional documents.

      Learn tips and techniques for using this valuable research tool by joining Pamela Craig, Senior Legal Research Specialist in the Law Library at the Library of Congress, for an introduction to THOMAS. We will explore the site, conduct searches for the latest legislation, and sample the site’s many links and resources designed and compiled to provide for the needs of a well-informed citizenry.

      Host: Library of Congress

      Location: OPAL Auditorium
  • Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Let's Get Social: Photo and Video Sharing

      We'll look at and discuss photo and video sharing sites, such as YouTube, Flickr, and Picasa. Everyone is welcome to attend this live online event, which will last approximately 90 minutes. If you live outside of Illinois, there is no need to register. Illinois librarians, please register online at Library Learning. Two locations are listed there. Choose OPAL Auditorium to attend via your own computer. Choose Bloomingdale Public Library if you're in the Chicagoland area and would like to attend an in-person viewing of the web conference.

      About the "Let's Get Social" Series: Join your library colleagues for a series of lunchtime programs on various aspects of online social networking. Hear from librarians at DuPage Library System libraries, and share your own experiences. All sessions are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Time. The programs are open to all, but Illinois librarians are asked to register online at Library Learning.

      Host: DuPage Library System The DuPage Library System is one of nine regional, multitype library systems in Illinois that support local library services. It serves 132 member libraries, including academic, public, school, and special libraries in the western suburbs of Chicago.

      Location: OPAL Auditorium
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST:
      FiLBeRt Roundtable Discussion: The Future of Libraries, Books, and Reading

      The shared futures of libraries, books, and reading seem very hazy at present. Join us for a monthly, lively, informal discussion of new developments, challenges, and opportunities. It'll be a roundtable, so everyone is welcome to chime in. If it's a FiLBeRt discussion, it's going to be nutty!

      Host: TAP Information Services

      Location: OPAL Auditorium
  • Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. EST:
      Helping GPO Identify Fugitive Publications

      Join Joe McClane, GPO’s Manager of Content Acquisitions, in the ongoing quest to find fugitive publications,
    which are documents that federal agencies have published on the Web but for which no copy or record exists in GPO's database,
      Joe is eager to talk with librarians on how they can help GPO discover fugitive publications. He will be glad to tackle any questions concerning GPO’s handling of fugitive publications. There will be ample time for question and answers on this timely and important topic.

      Host: U.S. Government Printing Office

      Location: OPAL Auditorium