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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
It’s Not Just a Document: Using Government Data in Teaching and Research

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Government documents have long been perceived as valuable resources containing unique information content. But documents are also sources of deep, rich data that’s available nowhere else. Identifying the specific sources that contain this data, tapping it, and manipulating it can be confusing at best. But once discovered, these data sets are difficult if not impossible for scholars and general information seekers to do without.

This session will discuss the importance of mining the data found in government publications collections to support the teaching and research enterprise. The panel of presenters—comprised of a content developer, manager, mediator, and user—will suggest ways to derive greater value from government information resources, explore new ways of thinking about text and data patterns, and assess some of the challenges and opportunities facing faculty, researchers, and library and information professionals as the expectations and possibilities regarding use of such digital content changes. Because partnering across their respective areas is important for the delivery of quality information services that support making this data available, they will also share their perspectives on the importance of their collaborations for the benefit of their stakeholder groups. Finally, they will outline strategies for maximizing use of government information as the ultimate Big Data and invite attendees to share their own experiences, both the successful and the frustrating, of using these complex information resources in their own libraries.

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Catherine Johnson

Product Manager-Lead, ProQuest
As Product Manager Lead at ProQuest, Catherine Johnson is responsible for ProQuest Congressional products. Catherine brings expertise and industry knowledge to her current role at ProQuest as the former Director of Market Planning for academic market legislative and historic services... Read More →

Melissa Oakes

Sales Director, Government/Historical Collections, Alexander Street & Dissertations Archiving, ProQuest

Marianne Ryan

Associate University Librarian, User Strategies, Northwestern University Libraries
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Diane H. Smith

Associate University Librarian, Research and Education Services, George Mason University
Diane is currently the Associate Librarian for Research and Educational Services at George Mason University. Prior to that she was the VP for Product Management in the Government Information group of ProQuest as well as the VP for Product Development in the academic facing portion... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Magnolia Room, Courtyard Marriott Historic District 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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