Data in Libraries: Open Data

Thursday, 10/26/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Looking for big datasets for free?  The U.S. Federal Government has been providing access to their statistical data for years, even before the Internet ever existed.  Why? How do we get to the data? Will we always have access?  Who has the best statistics?  Why are other organizations now giving their numbers away for free also?  Learn about where open data and statistics come from, ways to find, and issues on how to keep it coming along with where to join discussions and stay aware of developments in creation, access, retrieval, articulation, presentation, publishing, and curation of data and statistics.

This webinar is part 2 of a three-part series, Data in Libraries.

Session 1, Data in Libraries: Data Basics and The Reference Interview
Session 3, Data in Libraries: Data Processing and Visualization

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate why Open Data exist;
  • Understand past, present, and future open data policy issues in the Federal Government;
  • Know who are the major publishers of the data sources (with a focus on US Government & NGOs);
  • Demonstrate methods in seeking data; and
  • Identify problems that might come with open data.

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians

Public librarians

Special librarians

Reference Librarians


Jennifer Boettcher is the Business Reference Librarian at Georgetown University.  She has been a business librarian for over 25 years.  In that time, she worked at Texas A&M University and the National Small Business Development Center Research Network. She has taught business librarianship at the Catholic University of America and numerous workshops for SLA and BRASS.  Her research focuses on government sources, in particular NAICS. She co-authored a book, with Leonard Gaines, Industry Research Using the Economic Census: How to Find It, How to Use It (Greenwood Press, 2004). Her previous book is Key Business Sources in the U.S. Government (ALA RUSA, 1998). Honored with RUSA's Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship.

Jennifer Boettcher received her Master’s in Library Science from SUNY-Albany, and International Executive MBA from Georgetown University.  



Registration rates are as follows:

Participant Single Webinar Entire Series
RUSA members $45 $108 (save $27)        
ALA members $50 $120 (save $30)
ALA student & retired members $25 $60 (save $15)
Non-members $65 $156 (save $39)
Group rate $99 single login,
$38/person multiple logins
(min. 2 people)
$237 (save $60)









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