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Training




The Interior Library offers regular training sessions to introduce DOI employees and others to its services and to the information sources it makes available, either on employees' desktops or in person. These training sessions are usually held in the Training Room of the Interior Library.

To register for a future training session, please click here. For more information about our training sessions, please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov.

Additional training sessions will be posted as they are scheduled. Please check this page regularly for changes or updates.

 

Upcoming Programs

The GREENR Database: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Gale/Cengage's GREENR database, now available at DOI workstations through the Library's website, focuses on the study of sustainability and the environment. Both interactive and current, GREENR allows users to navigate issue, organization and country portals. This resource provides news, background information, video, unique commentaries, primary source documents and statistics in highly accessible, visually appealing research areas, covering relevant categories including energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, and economic development. It also offers interactive maps and contextual multimedia, customizable journals and news, and refereed case studies. Please join us as a Gale/Cengage trainer will take attendees on a tour of the GREENR database, detailing the resources that are available and how to best retrieve the relevant information that one might need.

Please Note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.


Introduction to the Indigenous Law Portal 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The immensely useful Indigenous Law Portal brings together free primary source law documents from the Law Library of Congress and from nearly 340 tribes in Indian country. Indian law, which is multifaceted and complex, encompasses federal law, state law, and tribal self-governance documents created and maintained by each recognized tribe. These documents may include tribal codes, charters, constitutions/bylaws, ordinances, and more. This portal focuses on the legal documents of individual tribes. It pulls together difficult-to-find documents by tribe, and features links to tribes' official home pages, tribal councils, and courts, among other resources. Easy access is made possible via an alphabetical list of tribes and lists arranged by state and region. A map on the home page allows users to quickly navigate by clicking on a state or region. Portal organization by region and tribe corresponds to the new Library of Congress classification schedule for Law of the Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (Classes KIA-KIP: North America). Please join Tina Gheen, Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Library of Congress, as she demonstrates the resources and features of the Indigenous Law Portal; an invaluable resource for tribes, Indian law scholars, and libraries that support Native American studies, criminal justice and law.

Please Note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.


Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-By-Step Example for Beginners
Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


In order to find the legislative intent of a bill or public law, researchers need to compile reports, testimony, debate, and other materials related to that piece of legislation to find keys as to what Congress hoped to accomplish by passing the bill. The final compilation of all these materials provides the researcher with a "legislative history" of the bill or law in question and hopefully will answer the question of what Congress intended with this legislation. Those inexperienced with legal research in general but interested in learning the process involved in compiling a federal legislative history will find this program invaluable. A specific Public Law will be the focus of a step-by-step piecing together of a legislative history using electronic resources available through the DOI Library such as the ProQuest Congressional database, HeinOnline, Congress.gov and FDsys. This program will be conducted by DOI Law Librarian Maureen Booth and Reference Librarian Shyamalika Ghoshal.

Please note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.  Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.


HeinOnline: Introduction and New Features
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

HeinOnline,with more than 100 million pages of legal history available in a fully-searchable online image-based format, provides comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,000 law and law-related periodicals.  In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety; complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754; an American Indian Law collection; the Federal Register from inception in 1936; the CFR from inception in 1938; and U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions and Appeals collection that includes Interior Department materials. HeinOnline provides exact page images of the documents in PDF format just as they appear in the original print. What makes HeinOnline unique is its historical value and the availability of titles back to their inception. Please join a HeinOnline trainer for a look at the resources available on HeinOnline and how to best utilize its collections and search engine to find the specific documents that are needed.

Please note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.  Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.


Useful Federal Resources on the Web
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm


While the Internet can be a great resource for federal documents, it is often difficult to know what trustworthy sites to go in order to find the official materials that you are looking for. Many websites proclaiming themselves to be an authoritative source for federal government information actually have out of date or just factually incorrect information. Finding those that are relevant and reliable can often be a difficult task. Join Interior Library Head of Reference Services Jennifer Klang on this tour of valuable and reliable sources of federal information on the Internet. Websites from the Library of Congress, the Government Printing Office, the University of Oklahoma, and the U.S. Census Bureau will be among those featured in this course. Designed for both the beginning and advanced searcher, attendees will learn about resources for scientific reports, legislative documents, statistical information, Native American documents, and other useful items.

Please note: This program will be held in the new temporary Library, located in Room 2262 of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.  It is also being offered to remote users as a simultaneous online webinar.  Please contact the DOI Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov for directions to the Library or for information on how to register for webinar access to the class.