Creating Legislative Member Databases

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Creating Legislative Member Databases Webinar

This webinar offers strategies for legislative libraries that are interested in creating databases that contain historical information about legislators. States such as Colorado, Minnesota and Texas are developing databases that trace legislator information past and present. Each state has faced different issues in developing the databases and this tutorial would help to illuminate these issues for states that are thinking about developing similar databases.

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  • Elizabeth Lincoln, deputy director, Legislative Reference Library, Minnesota: Elizabeth Lincoln is the deputy director of the Minnesota Legisltive Reference Library. She earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. She was employed by Augsburg College Library prior to being hired by the Minnesota Legislative Library in 1989.
  • Melanie Harshman, administrative librarian, Legislative Reference Library, Texas: Melanie Harshman is Administrative Librarian for the Texas Legislative Reference Library. She has been a librarian in two Texas law firms and joined the Legislative Reference Library as a Reference Librarian from 2000-2003, then returned to the Library in 2006. She earned her MLIS from the University of Texas in 2001.