George Franchois, Director, U.S. Department of the Interior Library, extends an invitation to an upcoming free Department of the Interior Library Training Session: "Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-by-Step Example for Advanced Researchers."
Does the idea of putting a federal legislative history sound scary? This program will make you feel more comfortable with the process.
Here's the info:
Hi Everyone -
I just wanted to send an e-mail to invite you and your staffs to the Department of the Interior Library on Wednesday, January 9th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for a training session entitled "Compiling a Federal Legislative History: A Step-by-Step Example for Advanced Researchers," part of our series of free training sessions at the DOI Library.
In order to find the legislative intent of a bill or public law, researchers need to compile reports, testimony, debate, and other materials related to that piece of legislation to find keys as to what Congress hoped to accomplish by passing the bill. The final compilation of all these materials provides the researcher with a "legislative history" of the bill or law in question and hopefully will answer the question of what Congress intended with this legislation. Those familiar with legislative history research who are interested in learning advanced processes used in compiling a federal legislative history will find this program invaluable. A specific Public Law will be the focus of a step-by-step piecing together of a legislative history, using print resources such as the U.S. Statutes at Large, Congressional Record, and U.S. Congressional Serial Set. Online sources of federal legislative history information will also be highlighted. This program will be conducted by DOI Law Librarian Maureen Booth and Reference Librarian Shyamalika Ghoshal.
All that are interested are invited. The DOI Library is located in the Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 in Washington. Space is limited so please contact the Library by e-mail to let us know you will be coming. For more information about future DOI Library Training Sessions, we encourage you to visit our Training Sessions website at http://www.doi.gov/library/programs/training.cfm.
We hope to see you on January 9th!