Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents...United Nations Statistics and Data Resources

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association runs a series of webinars designed to improve reference work by increasing familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.

The United Nations gathers and produces a wealth of data on health, development, education, industry, and more--but given the complex structure of the United Nations and all of its publishing and research activities, it can be difficult to know where to begin the search for UN statistics and data. With UNdata from the United Nations Statistics Division, researchers can search many UN statistical databases through a single interface.

This session will explore the benefits of starting a data search in UNdata, with a focus on gaining familiarity with the content that's available there as well as the ins and outs of the search interface. The contents and user experience of UNdata will also be compared to several of the UN's other statistical resources.

Melanie Maksin is the Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information at Yale University.

Session #20, online on November 14 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by November 13 at 5:00 pm using this link:  http://tinyurl.com/grs-session20

Technical requirements: The collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate requires a Java download, but no special software. On registration a link will be sent to test the software. Any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam@uncg.edu).

The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).

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