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!