GODORT Chair's Program at ALA Annual 2019
10:30 AM10:30

GODORT Chair's Program at ALA Annual 2019

Collectively Curating Government Information and Data: The PEGI Project and the Collective Impact Model

Access to government information is of vital importance to communities served by cultural memory institutions. However, changing information publication and dissemination practices have disrupted workflows for collecting, describing, accessing and preserving born-digital government information and data. The Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI) Project, a two-year project to address these national concerns, brings together librarians and other information professionals who are seeking solutions to improve long-term access to at-risk born-digital government information of historical significance. 

The Collective Impact model (Kania and Kramer 2011) provides an approach for organizations from various sectors to come together to address a shared concern. The PEGI Project is using the Collective Impact model to create a national agenda, develop metrics, and bring interested parties together to work toward the preservation of electronic government information. This panel will discuss the work of the PEGI Project as an application of the Collective Impact model. 

The PEGI Project brings together collaborators from across the U.S. and from different types of organizations - academia, government, nonprofit - under the shared mission of preserving electronic government information. By raising awareness of coordination needs for grassroots projects that collect, describe, and provide access to content of immediate concern for their local stakeholders, we hope to reduce barriers to participating in this work and sustain collaborative efforts to preserve digital government information. 

ALA Unit/Subunit: GODORT
Meeting Type: Chair's Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Open/Closed: Open


  • Martin Halbert (Dean of Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

  • Roberta Sittel (Government Information Librarian, University of North Texas)

  • Shari Laster (Head of Open Stack Collections, ASU Library)

  • Lynda Kellam (Data Services and Government Information Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

  • James Jacobs (US Government Information Librarian, Stanford University)

  • Deborah Caldwell (Diversity Resident Librarian, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

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ARL: Past, Present, and Future of Libraries Conference
to Sep 29

ARL: Past, Present, and Future of Libraries Conference

In commemoration of the American Philosophical Society's (APS) 275th anniversary, the APS Library—along with the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—is hosting an interdisciplinary and international conference that explores the history of libraries, the present opportunities for libraries (especially independent research libraries and those with special collections), and the potential future for libraries as they continue to evolve in the 21st century.

"The Past, Present, and Future of Libraries" will take place Thursday–Saturday, September 27–29, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Registration for the conference is free and open to all. The conference organizers have extended the deadline for paper proposals to Tuesday, May 22, at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time.

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AALL 2018
to Jul 17

AALL 2018

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PEGI Project Poster 

Learn about and contribute to the PEGI Project. It brings together librarians, technologists, and other information professionals from libraries and federal information agencies. The project’s focus is at-risk government digital information of long-term historical significance which is not being adequately harvested from the web or by other automated means.

The project is conducting a multimodal environmental scan of at-risk federal digital content—and soliciting input from all stakeholders. The project will analyze and develop recommendations for a collaborative national agenda to continue improving preservation and access to electronic government information.

Scott Matheson, Yale Law Library

PEGI Project Session

Librarians have long collaborated to provide government-produced information to their patrons—on a large scale via the Federal Depository Library Program and the National Archives—and on smaller scales through state government information programs. The models for these collection-building and preservation activities were developed in the print era and have struggled to adapt to the digital era. This session will provide an update on a national effort to define government information for collection and preservation in the electronic age. Participants will spend time in facilitated discussion about their government information needs, which will inform the report produced by the PEGI project in fall 2018.

1) Participants will be able to identify several "born digital" government information products (from all levels of government) that are important to their patrons and explain why they are at risk of loss.
2) Participants will participate in facilitated group discussions to generate requirements and goals for preserving electronic government information.
3) Participants will be able to explain elements of the digital preservation lifecycle and encourage others to become aware of its importance to our collections and patrons.

Who Should Attend: Law librarians who work with government information, develop collections, or teach patrons how to find what they need will benefit from participating in defining what information to preserve for the future; those who have participated in or are following proposed changes to Title 44 U.S.C.

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Mini-Forum at OAH
to Apr 14

Mini-Forum at OAH

PEGI at the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA

This event substituted for a grant designated event in Botswana. The PEGI Project’s participation at the OAH Annual Conference focused on tabling in the exhibit hall to raise awareness of the need for a coordinated strategy for collecting and preserving born-digital government information. We spoke with independent scholars, vendors, and other attendees about the current landscape for this work, and came away with more insight on researcher perspectives.

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RDAP Poster Session
to Mar 23

RDAP Poster Session

Poster Presentation at the Research Data Access & Preservation (RDAP) Summit, Chicago, IL

Team member Marie Concannon of the University of Missouri presented a poster promoting the PEGI Project at the Research Data Access & Preservation Summit. The poster highlights the work of the project and early findings from the team’s discussions with stakeholder communities. 

View the poster: https://osf.io/vzx9s/ 

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Mini-Forum at the American Library Association (ALA) Mid-Winter Meeting
10:00 AM10:00

Mini-Forum at the American Library Association (ALA) Mid-Winter Meeting

Mini-Forum at the American Library Association (ALA) Mid-Winter Meeting, Denver, CO

At ALA Midwinter, the PEGI Project, utilizing the three questions, facilitated an active discussion with forum attendees, including several dozen members of ALA’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). Much of this discussion reflected similar concerns and insights as the FDLC mini-forum. 

Access Marie Concannon’s meeting notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GG4uwVL7mdEkm0MbBryrVEaRq3tW7S8QLgP1yNz5dZA/edit

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Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA
to Oct 26

Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA

Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA

PEGI Project team members participated in two presentations at the 2017 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum. Shari Laster, then at UCSB, Martin Halbert at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Katherine Skinner of the Educopia Institute presented, “Mobilizing Preservation of Electronic Government Information in Fraught Times.”  Shari Laster also presented “Government Records and Data Transparency in the Digital Age: Describing the Problem, Imagining Solutions,” as part of a panel hosted by Rachel Mattson at University of Minnesota, Emily Knox at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Britt Paris of the Data & Society Research Institute.

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