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Missouri State Government Information Conference: 2004

A conference for librarians, archivists and state government specialists who share an interest in state government information


Bringing our Expertise to the Web

FRED and FRASER Databases
Katrina Stierholz, Library Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Katrina will be discussing two online resources of special interest to the documents community: the FRED database of U.S. economic time series data and FRASER, an exciting new digital library project. The Fraser project, a collection of time-stamped historical economic releases, will enable researchers to analyze the kind of economic information available to policy makers at the time that crucial policy decisions were made and to better understand the way that the information environment constrains policy choices. 

Health Related Data
Norma D'Eagle, Chief, Bureau of Health Resources Statistics, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DH&SS), will present a session on health-related data available through the DH&SS web site. Of special interest will be the Missouri Information for Community Assessment (MICA) database. MICA helps users analyze data on subjects ranging from vital statistics to WIC program participation.  Within any given subject, users can produce customized tables for a specific diagnosis, the year of occurrence, age, race, sex, county and/or zip code. 

Legal Research
Cindy Shearrer, Research/Collection Management Librarian and Steve Lambson, Senior Research Librarian at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law Library, along with Jack Wax, Media Relations Director and Millie Aulbur, Director of Law-Related Education at the Missouri Bar Association, will present a Legal Research training program designed for the non-specialist. Developed by the Missouri Library Association, in partnership with the Missouri Bar Association, this session will cover such topics as State and Federal legal systems, essential legal reference materials (both print and electronic), the difference between reference help and legal advice, and how to help patrons who will be representing themselves.