GODORT Education Committee
Subcommittee on the Continuing Education Fund
ALA Midwinter Meetings, January 1998


Background: This proposal is submitted pursuant to the August 1996 charge to the Ad Hoc Committee on the Continuing Education Fund. The goal of this committee is to develop projects that make use of electronic and distance education resources in two major areas: management of electronic resources and advocacy for government information librarians.

Project Description: Identify, bring together, and enhance resources available on the WWW that will assist government information librarians in the successful management of electronic government information, and in building advocacy skills to promote access to this information. There are currently many tools available on the WWW that facilitate access to electronic government information resources; however, finding and effectively using the resources can be problematic.

The GODORT Education Committee would sponsor and maintain this project, and create a web site linked to the committee home page at: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~govhelp/godorted.html. A subcommittee of GODORT's Education Committee, which will include liaisons from other GODORT committees, would solicit proposals from government information librarians interested in contributing content, and would retain editorial control over this content.

Content: In the first phase of the project an Electronic Government Information web site would be created to link to existing training guides and Internet tutorials. In the second phase of the project topics not covered in existing guides would be identified by the Committee for inclusion on the web site. A call for proposals will be issued to the government documents community for the creation of materials identified for inclusion such as tutorials for the management of electronic government information.

The Electronic Government Information web site would include two components:

Costs: $2,000 for grants to government information librarians interested in creating and maintaining tutorials. Number and amount of grants will vary with the subject material. The Education Committee will make the final decision on contributors and grant allocations, and maintain editorial control over the final product.

Time frame:

Winter 1998 -- Implement Phase I - gather together existing links on web site
Summer 1998 -- Implement Phase II - Identify existing gaps; issue call for proposals
Fall 1998 -- Review proposals
Winter 1999 -- Committee selects proposals
Spring 1999 -- New topics are added to the web site