Training Sessions

The Interior Library offers regular training sessions to introduce Department of the Interior employees and others to its services and to the information sources it makes available, either on employees' desktops or in person. Training sessions are presented via webinar.

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

To register for a future training session, please use our Training Session Registration Form. If the registration form does not work at your location, you may use the Library's contact form. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Interior Library by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov or by phone at (202) 208-5815

Webinar recordings of recently completed Interior Library programs are available upon request. Please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or via the Library's contact form for more information.
 


Upcoming Programs

Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-by-Step Example for Beginners 
Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

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 bypassing 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 govinfo.gov. This class will be presented by DOI Reference Librarian Shyamalika Ghoshal.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.
 


Researching Native American Records at the National Archives
Thursday, March 28, 2024, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) houses vast amounts of material related to Native American cultures, histories, and individuals. These holdings include historical documents, photographs, audio recordings, and other materials created by Federal agencies, Federal courts, and the U.S. Congress from the eighteenth century to the present. Given the volume of material related to Native Americans in NARA's holdings, locating and accessing particular records can seem daunting. However, NARA has multiple tools available to help researchers identify and access records online. Rose Buchanan and Adam Berenbak, Archivists with the National Archives and Records Administration, will provide an overview of these tools and discuss strategies for searching for Native American records at NARA.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.
 


A New Era for Federal Government Research – Redefining How Legal Professionals Do Their Work
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen AI) is set to transform the legal system, offering a leap forward in operational efficiency and the broader pursuit of justice. As federal professionals engage with the legal intricacies of governance and policy, Gen AI stands as a tool to enhance the quality and accessibility of legal services. Its responsible integration addresses critical challenges, streamlining processes for faster resolution and improved access to legal resources. Embracing Gen AI is key to modernizing the justice system and fostering a more agile and informed approach to legal administration at the federal level. This Westlaw webinar will cover a variety of AI-related topics including how this technology will have an impact on your work and how there will always be a need for human expertise.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.
 


Introduction to Readex’s African American Newspapers Database
Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Readex’s African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1827-1998 online database provides access to more than 350 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection (available to Interior Department staff through the Interior Library website) includes digitized copies of historically significant newspapers from more than 35 states. Coverage spans life in the Antebellum South through the Jim Crow era to the modern civil rights movement. This class, conducted by a Readex trainer, will introduce attendees to this valuable online resource and provide them with helpful hints for searching the collection.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.
 


The Origins of the Antiquities Act
Thursday, May 23, 2024, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The nation’s first historic preservation legislation, the Antiquities Act was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt on June 8, 1906. This law gives the President of the United States the authority to, by presidential proclamation, create national monuments from federal lands to protect significant natural, cultural, or scientific features. The Act has been used nearly 300 times since its passage, reserving millions of acres of land in the process. This class, taught by Department of the Interior Law Librarian Amy Bilyeau, will briefly survey the application of the Antiquities Act, from its inception with the designation of endangered sites in 1906, through the 21st century.  

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.

 

 

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