Government Information in the 21st Century

A continuing education program to train reference and public services librarians and library workers in the use of government information

The Government Information in the 21st Century Program (Gi21) program ran from September  2006 to September 2008. Government information librarians and staff created and used the modules within this section as the basis for training other library staff to enhance their knowledge and confidence with using electronic government information. Gi21 trainers provided 75 training events in five states and over the course of the grant, they presented 149 subject modules to over 900 librarians and library workers.  

The program addressed identified issues related to the general lack of awareness of and needed skills to make effective use of government information resources as well as the perceived lack of confidence in the use of government resources. In addition, it supported the development of a government information resource model that expands the role of Federal Depository Library Program librarians in training and support of non-depository library staff in their geographic area. The program contained two tiers. The first tier (year 1) included developing lesson modules, within WebJunction, based on broad government information catagories, and hosting a Train-the-Trainer Conference for depository librarians. The second tier (year 2) centered on the participating states' training programs implementation with each depository librarian that attended the Conference providing at least two workshops/trainings sessions to non-depository library staff.

Gi21 was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support was provided by the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records; New Mexico State Library; Wyoming State Library; and University of Utah.