Cutting the Red Tape: Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

$200.00
ALA Member: 
$ 180.00
Item Number:
1541-8838
Dates: 
From:  July 9, 2018
To:  August 5, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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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.

In this 4-week eCourse, experienced online instructor and consultant Diane Kovacs covers the best sites and best practices to begin researching government information. Through weekly learning activities, you will gain a deeper understanding and familiarity with key U.S. Federal government information portals—FedSys (Federal Digital System America's Authentic Government Information), USA.gov, www.va.gov (United States Department of Veteran's Affairs), grants.gov, and more. You also will also gain hands-on experience using U.S. Federal Government information on the Web to complete

  • legal and regulatory research
  • research on jobs, careers, and government contracts
  • tax, retirement, and insurance research
  • health and medicine, sciences, education, genealogy, and history research

This eCourse also explores the information published online by the U. S. federal government through the Government Printing Office and specific agencies and government branches.

Topics covered include:

  • The 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
  • State and Local Government Information
  • Misc. Interesting Sites.

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 by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on July 9, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five 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

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Diane Kovacs will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-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 the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

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 Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: U.S. Federal Documents Background and History; The Three Branches of U.S. Federal Government: Legislative, Executive, and the Judiciary

Week 2: U.S. Federal Government Information

Week 3: State and Local Government Information

Week 4: Government Information for Business, Health and Medicine, the Sciences, Education, Genealogy and History, Statistical Resources, and Grants.

Diane Kovacs

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).

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.