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Collaborating with Subject Librarians to Provide Undergraduates with Appropriate International Statistical Resources

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Joe Hurley
Georgia State University

Subject librarians often seek the assistance of data services librarians when faced with reference questions concerning statistical information. As more university courses emphasize international awareness, subject librarians frequently receive questions from undergraduate students seeking statistical information on developing and non-western nations. Often unfamiliar with and sometimes intimidated by international statistical information, some subject librarians are unsure where to begin. In addition, many undergraduate students are unskilled in how to properly interpret a statistical chart. More often, undergraduate students need statistics that include contextual information. The many United Nations agencies and divisions produce an abundance of publications that contain highly sought after international statistics and also provide the reader with background information that explain what the numbers mean, how they were collected and the shortcomings of the statistical information. This presentation will focus on the importance of increasing the awareness of both subject librarians and students of these United Nations publications and will also provide advice on how to access and search for these publications. 

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