Government Information Day

Government Information Day Postponed

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, Government Information Day 2020, originally scheduled for May 14th at the Indiana State Library, will be postponed until later this summer. An exact date for the event has not been set. New announcements will be sent whenever there are changes or updates to GID 2020. The hope is to present the same conference schedule, but the conference program is subject to change. Everyone involved in the planning of GID 2020 is disappointed in the postponement, but will work to ensure the best quality of presentations that promote government information literacy and their resources. If you have any questions, concerns, or requests for presentation topics, please feel free to contact Brent Abercrombie,, Regional Depository Librarian and GID Planning Committee Chair.

GID2020 is a government information themed 1-day conference that will occur Thursday May 14, 2020 at the Indiana State Library. Librarians and anyone else interested in government information is encouraged to attend. GID2020 will feature presentations on topics relating to local, state, and federal information.

Government Information Day 2020 – Presentation Schedule

Time Description History Reference Room
Room 211
Indiana Authors Room

Room 203

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration
Great Hall
9:15 – 9:30 AM Welcome Welcoming Remarks

Jacob Speer (ISL) &

Brent Abercrombie (INDIGO)

9:30 – 10:30 AM Session 1 Legal Research Basics for Librarians:

Cheri Harris

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Charles Hyde

10:30 – 11:00 AM Break – No Conflict
11:00 – 12:00 PM Session 2 Hindsight is 2020 (Archives)

Chandler Lighty

How the Regional Depository Library Serves You

Brent Abercrombie

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM Session 3 Data.Census.GOV

Katie Springer

Climate Change Research Center

Melissa Widhalm (INDIGO SPONSOR)

2:30 – 3:00 PM Break – No Conflict
3:00 – 4:00 PM Session 4 Statewide Input with Local Impact

Ashley Schenck and Tyler Brown

National Security Resources

Bert Chapman

4:00 – 4:15 PM Closing Remarks Closing Remarks
(Brent Abercrombie)
GID2020: Presenters, Titles, and Descriptions:

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: Chandler Lighty, MA, Executive Director, Claire Horton, MLIS, Deputy Director for the State Archives, and Meaghan Fukunaga, MSI, Deputy Director for Electronic Records, Indiana Archives and Records Management

Title: Hindsight is 20/20 in 2020

Description: The Indiana Archives and Records Administration turned 40 in 2019. Come hear about the current state and future plans for the State Archives. Learn about the archival collections and services, and how IARA staff can assist public library patrons with their information needs.


Presenter: Brent Abercrombie, Regional Federal Depository Coordinator, Indiana State Library

Title: How the Regional Depository Library Serves You

Description: As part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Indiana State Library serves as the Regional Depository for the state of Indiana. Learn about how ISL works to serve Indiana libraries and residences provide access and instruction to federal government information.


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

Title:Introduction to the Census Bureau’s new data platform:

Description: In March of 2020, the Census Bureau’s data portal for the last few censuses, American FactFinder, will cease to exist. This means… no more long lists of complicated geographies to sort through! This also means we’ll have a brand new system to learn. The new dissemination platform is at This session will demonstrate the new platform. We will explore the new way to search for census data and learn how to filter our searches, download and modify tables, and view maps. Put on your learning caps!


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: Ashley Schenck and Tyler Brown, Indiana Management Performance Hub

Title: Statewide input with local impact

Description: Indiana Management Performance Hub (MPH) provides analytics solutions tailored to address complex management and policy questions enabling improved outcomes for Hoosiers. We empower our partners to leverage data in innovative ways, facilitating data-driven decision making and data-informed policy making.


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.

GID 2020 Confirmed Vendors Accurate as of  2/27/2020
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
CollegeChoice 529
Hoosier Rx – Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
FSSA Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
  • All sessions are intended to last 50 minutes (including Q & A)
  • Room Capacity:
Location Name Room Number Capacity
History Reference Room 211 290
Indiana Authors Room 203 125
  • Lunch is on your own; people bringing lunch can eat on 1st or 4th floors or outside
  • No-conflict breaks are designed to allow attendees to view vendor booths and network
  • Closing remarks can go until 4:30, also allow time for attendees to mingle after event in library – building is open until 7pm

GID2020 Planning Committee

Brent Abercrombie (Chair)

Andrea Glenn (ISL)

Jennifer Morgan (IU-Law)

James Rodgers (IU-K)

Bert Chapman (PU)

Chris Brookins (Indy Public Library)