LIBRARIANS’ DAY – SPONSORED BY PROQUEST
NERGC’s sixth Librarians’ Day will be held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The day’s program will provide the opportunity for professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as ambassadors of genealogy resources for their community. The presentations will be devoted to showing how genealogy and local history collections can attract new visitors, generate renewed interest in using these collections for research, and bring new sources of funding. All librarians and local historians who work with family historians or with genealogy related research materials will benefit from this special event. The cost includes lunch compliments of ProQuest. A Certificate of Continuing Education will be available on request depending on the attendee’s home state.
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Registration and Welcome
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Making the Financial Case for Genealogical Librarianship – Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF
The value to their community of family and local history collections, and the expertise of the librarians associated with these collections, will be explored
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 A.M. – Online Resources Off the Beaten Path – Curt B. Witcher, MS FUGA, IGSF
In an era when large information aggregators in the genealogy space combine with the pervasive strategy of “just Google it,” get a close look at the “alphabet soup” of bibliographic sites from NUCMC (National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections) and DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) to WorldCat and many in between.
Noon– 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Courtesy of ProQuest – ProQuest Information and Learning – William Forsyth
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Fostering Family History Services at Your Library – Dr. Rhonda L. Clark, Clarion University
Participants will hear about ideas for family history programming and outreach. Of particular note will be programming and collaboration with other family history institutions, including collaborative digital access to reference services and resources.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Genealogy and Local Family History Discussion – Panel Of Speakers And Genealogy Librarians
Submit your burning questions for an interactive discussion between our expert panel and attendees. This facilitated discussion will include issues and questions arising from the day’s presentations.