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An asynchronous course beginning January 6, 2014 and continuing for 4 weeks
Facilitated by Diane Kovacs
Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!
Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.
Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request
E-government tools and resources bring many people to your library for such activities as filing and paying taxes online, locating Medicare/Medicaid providers and reviews, checking student loan status, tracking regulatory changes for industries, monitoring ongoing legislation as well as codified law and court rulings, and much more. This hands-on online eCourse also explores the information treasures published online by the U. S. federal government through the Government Printing Office and specific agencies and branches of the government.
- History and Background of the Government Printing Office (GPO), Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), The Superintendant of Documents (SUDOCS): What you need to know about accessing U. S. Government produced information on the Web.
- The Central Portals - GPOAccess, USA.Gov, and the UN Documents Centre
- Information for Business
- Information for Healthcare Consumers and Medical Professionals
- Genealogy and Historical Records
- Jobs, Careers, and Government Contracts
- The Three Branches of Government: Legislative, Executive, and the Judiciary
- Laws, Regulations, and Court Rulings
- Taxes, Retirement, and Insurance
- Science Information
- Statistical Resources
- Grants Information
- Misc. Interesting Sites.
- State and Local Government Information
Experienced online instructor Diane Kovacs, honored with the 2000 Documents to the People Award from ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), covers the best sites to begin researching for government information in general and specifically for business, healthcare, genealogy, history, current government, legal, regulatory, taxes, retirement, insurance, and state and local government information.
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on January 6, 2014. Your participation will require approximately five to six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructor Diane Kovacs will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on January 6 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files.
ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor
Diane Kovacs is a consultant, teacher, and librarian. She has nine years’ experience teaching online in library schools, for both the University of Illinois and San Jose State University. An instructional designer and trainer, she has developed courses for public and academic librarians on technology usage, library instruction, web design, government documents, virtual reference, and electronic collection development. In 2000 she received the "Documents to the People" award from the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).