GDSIS -- Programs

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The section sponsors at least one major program at each AALL Annual Meeting, usually more.  Below are the programs sponsored since 2011, and links to programs from prior years.

2013 (July 13-16) Seattle, WA
  • B8:  State Constitutions: Current, Historical, and How They Change
    • Using the US Constitution as an example, it is easy to think of constitutions as being stable and unchanging.  State constitutions, however, are frequently amended and revised. This program will guide participants through finding state constitutions, examining the methods of constitutional revision and amendment, and following the historical path of a constitution. Speakers will begin by outlining the resources available for finding the text of current and historical constitutions and for conducting hisotircal research; they will then discuss the revision process and the documents generated. Lastly, speakers will introduce a resource for comparative state constitutional research.
    • Speakers: Jennifer Bryan Morgan, Michelle Cosby, Ashley Ames Ahlbrand, Cindy Dabney

  • GD-SIS Coffeehouse Chat: A Conversation with the Superintendent of Documents on the Future of Government Information, with Mary Alice Baish, Superintendent of Documents.

2012 (July 21-24) Boston, MA
  • A6: The New FDLP: A Collaborative Future for Government Information
    • This program will examine the future of the Federal Depository Library Program, now that the old print model of distribution is largely a thing of the past. How is the Government Printing Office adjusting to the new world of digital information?
      Speakers: Mary Alice Baish, Arlene Wieble, Janet Fischer

  • B3: Digital Content: The What, the How and the Where
    • This program will cover the basics of creating digital products, including best practices, specifications, metadata, workflow, quality control and assessment, and vendor relations. Additionally, participants will learn how to manage digital content, including making the content available for users, assessing user needs, ingest of content, access issues for digital content management, preservation options, and digital repositories. This program is co-sponsored by the Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA).
      Speakers: David Walls, Stephen Chapman, Victoria Trotta

2011 (July 23-26) Philadelphia, PA

  • W3: Digitizing Government Information: How to Plan and Conduct a Digitization Program in Your Library

    • This program is also co-sponsored by Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA). Government information is a significant element of law library collections. An increasing amount of it is 'born digital'. Many libraries have tangible collections they would like to digitize in order to market, and extend the use of those collections. Other libraries may wish to capture born digital government information that may not be preserved by government agencies. Many law libraries are beginning to think about planning digitization projects, but don't know exactly how to go about it. This workshop will give participants the knowledge that they need to plan and execute a digitization project. This workshop will NOT address intellectual property rights. It will be assumed that the digitizing institution has permission to digitize the collections.
    • Speaker Information
      Coordinator/Moderator: Victoria K. Trotta, Arizona State University, Ross-Blakley Law Library; Speakers: Katherine Baer, Maryland State Law Library; Suzanne Butte, OCLC; Janet Fisher, Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records; John Joergensen, Rutgers University Law School Library; Judith Meadows, State Law Library of Montana; Mark Phillips, University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Projects Unit; Rita T. Reusch, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney Law Library; Sarah J. Rhodes, Georgetown University Law Library; David Walls, U.S. Government Printing Office, Library Program Services
      SIS-Sponsored Programs GD-SIS
      Level: Intermediate
      Program Track: Collection Development and Cataloging
  • B5: Peeping THOMAS: A Little Look at a Big System, the legislative information database from the Law Library of Congress, was created in 1995. It is regarded as the "go to" place for bills, laws, Congressional Record, etc. This program will focus on the recent changes to THOMAS, many of which stem from user-generated feedback such as permanent links and integrated social media. The program will also cover how these changes better the user experience and make reference transactions using THOMAS easier. A member of the Library of Congress Information Technology Services Division will explain the challenges and requirements of revamping THOMAS around a user-centered design. The Law Library of Congress would like feedback and input from the participants on the next generation of THOMAS.

Coordinator/Speaker: Christine Sellers, Law Library of Congress; Moderator: Robert N. Gee, Law Library of Congress; Speakers: Tammie Nelson, Law Library of Congress; Andrew Weber, Law Library of Congress
SIS-Sponsored Programs RIPS-SIS, GD-SIS
Level: Advanced
Program Track: Reference, Research and Client Services

  • GD-SIS Program:  Contemporary State Constitutional Conventions: Proposals for Pennsylvania and Beyond
    8:45 - 9:45 AM

Recently there have been calls in several states for constitutional conventions.  A proposal in California was ultimately dropped because of funding, but proposals elsewhere -- including Pennsylvania -- remain under consideration.  A state constitutional convention creates many issues, including delegate selection, funding, and possible limitations on the power of the convention. This program will examine the proposed constitutional convention in Pennsylvania, and compare it with proposals in other states.

  • GD-SIS Program:  Mashup the Government's Copyright
    10:45 - 11:45 AM

New technologies and the recent availability of bulk downloads of federal government information allow for the creation of new ways to visualize and understand the underlying information.  This program looks at technology-based tools used to create new products or "mashups" from government data. Once participants gain an understanding of current and developing mashups, our speakers will explore the copyright questions involved with these products and tools.