ALA Presentation for newly launched

Thursday, June 20, 2013

As governments continue to increase their use of digital technologies to provide services, libraries serve as essential community anchors that link people to government services and information, and promote civic engagement. Join us to learn how a new website ( can help you more easily serve the e-government needs of your communities.

Developed by the Information Policy & Access Center at the University of Maryland (iPAC) and the American Library Association (ALA), this site is intended to serve as a gateway to selected e-government services and practices, embed librarian-based expertise and digital reference, serve as a point of collaboration between libraries and government agencies, as well as offer guidance on the provision of e-government services and roles to assist libraries as they continue to serve as critical community providers of e-government to a range of populations.

Through partnerships with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Government Printing Office (GPO), state library agencies, public libraries, the Government Information Online digital reference service, and others, the site brings agencies and libraries together to collaborate and serve the public. The project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
To assist libraries in providing e-government services to patrons, the American Library Association presents “Libraries and E-government: Meeting the Needs of Your Community” on June 29, 2013, from 10:30–11:30a.m. CST. The session is being held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Room S402a during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.
As part of the presentation participants will learn,
  • How to use LibEGov (, an easy-to-use web tool that helps libraries serve the e-government needs of their communities.
  • Online resources available from government agencies and non-governmental organizations that deal with issues, such as immigration and taxation.
  • How to use the virtual Ask A Librarian feature through Government Information Online service.