Government Information Day 2020 Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Government Information Day 2020. The 1-day conference will occur Thursday May 14, 2020 at the Indiana State Library. GID2020 will feature presentations on topics relating to state, federal, and census data information. During the day, there will be no-conflict opportunities for attendees to visit exhibitors’ information booths. The event is free to attend, and offers a great learning and networking opportunity for librarians, library staff, information professionals, and members of the public. Indiana public librarians can earn up to 4 LEUs toward their certification. For any questions, or requests for presentation topics, please contact Brent Abercrombie, Federal Documents Librarian, at (317) 232-3733 or

Presenters, Program Titles, & Descriptions:

Below is the preliminary list of confirmed presenters. An official schedule and final list of presenters are forthcoming.

Presenter: Cheri Harris, Certification Program Director/Legal Consultant, Indiana State Library

Title: Legal Research Basics for Librarians

Description: This presentation will help you answer legal research questions from patrons and will also help you assist patrons who are doing their own legal research. Starting with an overview of different types of legal authority we will distinguish between primary and secondary authority. Then we will look at strategies and tools for finding state and federal statutes, regulations, and case law. Paying special attention to Indiana materials we will demonstrate how to use a variety of free websites to conduct legal research on-line.  We conclude with tips for how to stick to conducting legal research and avoid providing legal advice.

Presenter: Charles Hyde, President and CEO, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Title: Harrison’s Republic & the Spirit of Democracy

Description: “An American citizen could not be a good citizen who did not have a hope in his heart.” With this ringing invocation, the 23rd President called the United States of America to higher purpose, and helped set it on course for the modern era. While his signal leadership is under known, there is no mistaking his spirited advocacy of some of the most important policies that have come to define our country legally and spiritually over the past century. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site carries on this legacy in innovative, impactful, and engaging ways, with unexpected relevance to conversations our country is having today.

Presenter: Melissa Widhalm, Operations Manager, Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Title: What does climate change mean for Indiana?

Description: Our climate shapes our lives. The ways we build our roads, manage our farms, move our water, and use energy are all influenced by our unique Indiana climate. But our climate has been changing, and it will continue changing in ways that affect our productivity, our safety, and our livelihoods. We need to know what climate change means for Indiana. Led by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) provides the latest scientific research to help Hoosiers understand and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. This presentation will highlight results from the IN CCIA analysis.

Presenter: Chandler Lighty, State Archivist, Indiana State Archives

Title: TBD

Description: TBD

Presenter: Katie Springer, Data Center Librarian, Indiana State Library

Title: Data.Census.Gov Tutorial

Description: In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau launched to replace American FactFinder. Date Center Librarian, Katie Springer will provide an overview of the new website, and its new features.

Presenter: Bert Chapman, Government Information, History, and Political Science Librarian, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies

Title: Publicly Available Information Resources on U.S. National Security

Description: This presentation will describe how to find and use publicly available information resources.  It will stress the constitutional foundations of U.S. National security policy and present examples of U.S. national security literature through annual defense spending bills, materials from U.S. armed service branches, congressional oversight committees, and various intelligence agencies.

Confirmed Vendors

Indiana Archives and Records Administration
Indiana Department of Local Government and Finance
Indiana Coalition for Open Government
Indiana Secretary of State
Indiana Management Performance Hub
DNR – State Parks
Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations (INDIGO)