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Congratulations to the new Public Printer

Davita Vance-Cooks is sworn in as the 27th Public Printer of the United States by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on August 21, 2013 in GPO’s Harding Hall.



Welcome to GoDig

Depository libraries provide free access to government documents collections, including electronic resources. The METRO Government Documents Special Interest Group is comprised of librarians from the depository libraries in the NYC area and others interested in access to government information. This group meets twice a year to learn more about issues and resources related to government information. The group provides a network of support for resource sharing, collaborative collection development, and other support for documents librarians.

Our main goals are to:

1. Provide a forum of professional exchange and support for Depository Libraries in the area

2. Promote the use of government sources by all librarians regardless of depository statues, through our education programs

3. Provide support and mentoring to early career professional and library school students

Please feel free contact with government information realted questions.


Debbie Rabina & Jane Cramer

GoDig co-chairs


Big Data in libraries: Content and policies for librarians

 Thank you to all who attended to Fall 2013 program on Big Data.

Power point slides from the presenters are available under the File Repository tab



Thurs. Oct 24, 2013  9:30am-12:30pm

Location: Metro

 Big Data in libraries: Content and policies for librarians


Frans Albarillo, Business and Sociology librarian, Brooklyn College

Margaret Smith, Science Librarian at NYU

Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen, GIS/Map Librarian at Columbia University



Detailed description:

Speaker I: Frans Albarillo

Big Data for Beginners

This presentation will focus on time series data used in the social sciences in fields including economics and sociology. Specific resources presented will be the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), which is available from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS). FRED is known for its economic time series data, and LIS is known for its harmonized person and household level international microdata sets. LIS data is used to study social issues like poverty, income inequality, employment status, wage patterns, gender inequality, family formation, child well-being, health status, immigration, political behavior and public opinion. The session will focus on how to introduce these resources to students who are new to big data analysis.

 Speaker II: Margaret Smith
New Data Resources and Tools for Librarians
This session will provide an overview of some of the newest resources and tools available for collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing quantitative and qualitative data. We will be comparing the features and functionality of a variety of downloadable and web-based applications suitable for different skill levels, operating systems, and budgets.

Speaker III: Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen
Expanding the GIS workflow
A typical consultation session with students usually deals with identifying, formatting and bringing spatially referenced data into GIS software, then manipulating, analyzing and producing static maps or occasionally as layers in Google Earth. It almost never includes publishing maps as a Web Map Service (WMS) because of the complexity and infrastructure needed.   With sites like CartoDB, MapBox and options like D3 and Leaflet, as well as the ever growing access to data, students have more flexibility and freedom in interacting with their projects and librarians have a new opportunity to expand services and help.


(more photos under File Repository tab)

Photo: GoDig spring meeting, New York City visitors center, April 11, 2013


NYC Visitors Center, April 11, 2013



Congratulations to Jane Cramer

November 6, 2012

Jane Cramer (Brooklyn College) is 2012 NYLA/GIRT Mildred Lowe Award Recipient

 Rosemary LaSala, President of the New York Library Association Government Information Roundtable (NYLA/GIRT), today announced that Jane Cramer, Government Information Specialist and Associate Professor, Brooklyn College Library, is the 2012 recipient of the NYLA/GIRT Mildred Lowe Award for her contributions to government documents librarianship.

 Professor Cramer is being recognized for her continuing leadership and professionalism with ongoing impacts on government information users and service providers.  She works with programs and departments within her university and the broader community to provide statistical and other materials for students, faculty, researchers, grant writers, small business owners, and others.

 She regularly speaks to library school students about government information and hosts one or two interns each year. She has recently prepared a new web page focusing on elections and is finishing up a Staff Development project on finding local demographic information. A cooperative program with two high schools helps students learn about the government documents collection and encourages them to explore the wide range of government information materials.

 Professor Cramer is a leader in the New York government documents community.  She regularly mentors new documents librarians and library school students, and co-chairs the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) Government Documents Special Interest Group (GoDIG).

 The Mildred Lowe Award honors librarians who have made significant contributions to government documents librarianship, access to government information, and/or the encouragement of documents in New
York State libraries. It is given in memory of Mildred Lowe, Director of the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John's  University and an indefatigable champion of public access to government information. 


Upcoming Meetings


Recent past meeting:

Oct. 2013: Big Data in Libraries

April 2013: Open forum on Best Practices for government information

Oct. 2012: Government mobile apps

March 2012: Freedom of Information



    Debbie Rabina, GoDIG co-chair

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    Debbie Rabina, Ph.D,
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    Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science
    144 West 14th Street, 6th fl.
    New York, NY, 10011-7301
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    Jane Cramer, GoDIG, co-chair

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    Brooklyn College
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