Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Statistics Canada data for researchers beyond the Canadian borders

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.

Ever wonder what Statistics Canada data you can access if you’re not living and working in Canada? You’ve heard about the Data Liberation Initiative, but can you access this and other data? What about those elusive Master data files and custom tabulations? Let us be your guides to the wonderful trove of Statistics Canada data that is available to all. Berenica Vejvoda from McGill University and Michelle Edwards from Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research will give you a tour of commonly used StatsCan resources.

Michelle Edwards is the Research Data Services Librarian at Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER). She is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, development, and preservation of the collections housed in the CISER Data archive. Michelle has worked in the “Data” forum for more than 15 years following her PostDoc in the field of beef quantitative genetics. She was instrumental in building the Data Resource Centre at the University of Guelph to be one of Canada’s premier data services and was one of two developers of the ODESI Data portal. Her background in data and statistical analyses enables her to work with researchers across many disciplines.

Berenica Vejvoda is the Data Librarian at McGill University where she provides support for numeric data services. Prior to McGill, Berenica as a data librarian at the University of Toronto as well as the University of California at San Diego. Berenica has worked with data for 15 years in various capacities and is involved in local, regional, national and international data initiatives.

We will meet together for Session #55, online on Wednesday, February 17 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by February 17 at 10:00 am using this link:

Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (lmkellam [at] uncg [dot] edu). You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.

The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm