New On-Line Course for Librarians

My colleague George Morgan has a new on-line course coming on stream on February 6. The course, “Genealogical Record Types” is one of the courses offered in the Genealogical Librarianship Certificate Program at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. George is a very talented and experienced educator in the field of librarianship. His Aha! Seminars is expanding across the US providing inservice training to librarians. Take a minute to look at the description of his class below:

“This course provides an overview of many categories of record types that can be used by genealogists in their research pursuits. While government-mandated and -issued records may be available to the researcher, there will be times when a given record may not yet have been used or when the record simply cannot be located. In these instances, it is important to understand what records may be used as substitutes that contain much of the same information in order to substantiate or refute a hypothesis”.

“You will be presented with many examples of materials, and these will provide an understanding of what record types are available, where they are likely to be located, and what type of content they contain. We will not focus so much on the actual “how-to” analysis of the data contained in the records, although we will discuss the use of your “critical thinking skills” in helping patrons”.

And here’s a description of the program.
“The Genealogical Librarianship Certificate Program is intended to provide overlapping and complementary content between modules. One of your primary goals is to assimilate the information presented in each course and integrate it into a “big picture” that will help you provide the best possible service to your genealogical patrons. Therefore, you will find that this course complements material presented in others in the Genealogical Librarianship Certificate curriculum, including Developing, Organizing, and Supporting a Core Collection, Helping Users with Specialized Genealogical Sources, Finding Aids, Brochures, Online and Multimedia Instructional Tools, and Cooperative Ventures and Referrals.”

“Finally, it is important that you become familiar with your local service area and the record repositories where specific records may be found and accessed. Your library will provide a focal point for connecting with many types of print, electronic, and document source materials. While your physical collection may or may not original source materials, you will always be assisting patrons in research that provides clues and pointers to primary and secondary sources. You cannot connect the patron to the appropriate resources if you do not have a clear understanding of what records exist, where they are located, and how to access them.”

“You will be amazed at the sheer numbers of different record types available to support genealogical research but, by the time you complete this course, you will be much better prepared to support your genealogical patrons with knowledge and confidence.”

What I like about this Genealogical Librarianship Certificate Program is that it is practical. And those that complete the package of courses receive a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies. Here is a reasonably priced set of courses that will help library workers become confident and competent reference people, and give them the comfort to take on and create effective genealogical programming. And the courses become a model should you want to create your own on-line class.

Take a look. Tell them Ken sent you!


5 responses to “New On-Line Course for Librarians

  1. Ken,

    Your NIGS link doesn’t work.

    I tried – I’m anxious to see what Morgan has to offer.

    Cheers — Randy

  2. Ken,

    Of course, if I’d thought a second and tried to find the link instead of complaining… works.

    Cheers — Randy

  3. I have a question, Ken, and I don’t know a better place to ask it than here, after reading this article.

    I have a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Florida State University, but it’s quite out of date (1970) and I have not worked in the field for a long time. I am currently working on my Advanced certificate from the NIGS, and hope after completing it to prepare for and earn certification from the BCG. I am thinking of taking the librarianship package as well, and am thinking of using these studies and certification to “invent” myself a (part time) job, if I can.

    I have four possible venues to try, once I’m ready (probably in about two to even three years — by that time I’ll be 63 years old!): Clay County Public Libraries, Main Library Genealogy Department (in our home county), the Jacksonville Public Library Main Library Genealogy Department (in the next county north of us; the big city in our area), Clay County Schools Community Education program, and St. Johns River Junior College (here in Clay County).

    What do you think I need to do to prepare to make my “pitch” to these agencies, from a “public relations” or “marketing” standpoint? I confess I’m not very good at tooting my own horn.


  4. Karen,
    If you want to work as a part time genealogy librarian (and thats not clear from your comment) you’ve got a good foundation with that MLS, a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from NIGS and the University of Toronto. Add to this a the NIGS Genealogy Librarianship Certificate and a CG from the board for Certification for Genealogist and you are going to be a dangerous woman!

    The challenge this, do they need you? And what do they need you for? Reference work? Bibliographic instruction for genealogists, or genealogy instruction for library clients and library staff? You need to research their situation and keep current on developments and needs they have.

    And you need experience. Research experience, Teaching experience and Genealogy reference experience. I would start by preparing some proposals for things you could do enroute but in or with these institutions.

    Think about being “Genealogist in Residence” an afternoon or evening a week. You do 20 minute consultations, 2 per hour. The library provides space, and handles appointments, you do the consultations for free, learn and promote their reference and circulating collections pertaining to gen research.

    Consider offering a course through the library, “Geographic Tools for Genealogists”. The first time is free, but ask for an honorarium for repeat appearances.

    At the Community Ed and College programs, propose two courses, one for fall, one for spring on two topics. At least 8 lessons, two or three field trips. If they have a beginners course, good, focus on intermediate level.

    Look at your state map. every county touching Clay county could have a gen society or historical society, museum or library where you could do a lecture like Geographic tools…, for an honorarium.

    Join or form a librarians social network, a quarterly informal barbecue, wine & cheese, pot luck or whatever, will allow you to make friends with other professionals.

    Start a monthly “Lunch With Karen” event and invite your local gennealogy librarians, county clerk/archivist and two influential local genealogists.Do not introduce your wants, but listen to them. Its an appreciation lunch.

    That should do for a start. Think carefully– do you want to be an employee or a consultant?


  5. Greetings Ken,
    Your advice to Karen was so thoughtful, comprehensive and realistic, I’m gonna take it and run.
    I’m already in my NIGS librarianship course.



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