Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Undergraduates, win money for your research project!

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award is now open for nominations!

If you are currently enrolled at UNCG, then one of your UNCG course assignments from 2012 could win you $500!

The awards committee is seeking papers and other projects that involved significant use of library collections.  You don't need to have performed an experiment, but you will be asked to write an essay about your library research strategies (which library sources were used for your project).

The application deadline is March 1. 

The application, details about the essay, and other details are on this page:

Good luck!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Webinar Weds 1/6-Information for International Development: Poverty Reduction, International Organizations, and Civil Society

The webinar series Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian continues this Wednesday 1/16 from 1-2 pm EST

These talks are always very good. No comment on my own contribution, which I enjoyed preparing but ended up giving during a brief break between back-to-back budget cut meetings. Serenity Now!!

Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to this next session: 
Information for International Development: Poverty Reduction, International Organizations, and Civil Society.  January 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).
This session will cover International Government Organization (IGO) and civil society information sources in the areas of economic growth, development assistance, poverty interventions, microfinance, capacity building, inequality, remittances, and foreign aid.  We will examine documentation and statistics from International Development Organizations, such as the World Bank & Regional Development Banks, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Institute for Development Economics Research, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the OECD, and the United Nations Regional Commissions.  Sources of international development data will be explored at length, as well as development aid documentation from the World Bank and other international financial institutions. In contrast to, and as a potential challenge to the leading IGO paradigms, we will also explore development strategies and information sources from civil society organizations (NGOs) with an emphasis on those in the Global South, including the Grameen Bank, Brac, ASA, and others.
Presenter Jim Church, is the librarian for economics and international & foreign government information at the University of California Berkeley.  He is active in the ALA Government Documents Roundtable where he served as the international documents columnist for the journal DttP for four years, and currently serves as the Secretary of the IFLA Government Information and Official Publications Section. His primary areas of interest include international poverty and development issues, statistics, human rights, NGOs, and digital archiving.
We will meet together for Session #22, online on Wednesday, January 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by January 15 at 5:00 pm using this link:
The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (

Monday, January 7, 2013

Webinar Tues 1/15, Changes to NIH Public Access Policy and Implications

 The National Institutes of Health  are tightening up the NIH Public Access Policy.
"In Spring, 2013, at the earliest, NIH will delay processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy. The award will not be processed until recipients have demonstrated compliance. This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the Spring of 2013..."
A webinar on Tuesday 1/15/2012, 12:30-2 pm EST, is meant to introduce Compliance Officials at grantee institutions to the changes.  But authors and investigators are welcome to attend.  Space is limited, registration is required.