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.

To register for a future training session, please use our registration form. For more information about our training sessions, please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815.

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

 


Upcoming Programs

Introduction to govinfo.gov
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

The Government Publishing Office’s new govinfo.gov next generation website, currently in beta, will eventually replace its Federal Digital System (FDSys.gov) public website. This new site provides free public access to more than a million publications from all three branches of the federal government. It allows users to search for documents and publications using advanced search capabilities; browse for documents and publications alphabetically, by category, by Congressional committee, and by date; access metadata about documents and publications in standard XML formats; and, download documents and publications in multiple file formats. In this session, attendees will learn about the content available on govinfo, the new features of the site, the transition from FDSys, and how govinfo makes it easier than ever to see related documents throughout the complex legislative and regulatory processes.

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. 

 


Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-by-Step Example for Beginners
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 2:00 - 3:15 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.

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. 

 


Locating Interior Department Documents Using ELIPS
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

The Electronic Library of Interior Policies (ELIPS), located on the Internet at http://elips.doi.gov, is a searchable database of official policies, procedures, programs, and functions of the bureaus and offices of the Department of the Interior. Please join us at this training session to learn the most effective and efficient ways to navigate ELIPS and other sources of DOI Departmental Manuals to access the documents you need, including current and archived materials. This class will cover what can be found on ELIPS, how to search when you have certain pieces of information, and other possible sources for Departmental Manual documents and Secretary’s Orders on the web and in the Library. Come with questions or send questions in advance to the Law Librarian.

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.