In every genealogical society, genealogical library, local history society etc., there is some person upon whom the executive has dumped the responsibility to plan future programs, find speakers, arrange events. Often its the same person who complained last year about the third appearance of Joyce the scrap book lady.
I empathize with the program planner. She needs help. After one year she’s got a choice between Joyce Scrapbook and another round of “My Favourite Ancestor”. What very program planner needs is a monthly newsletter with fresh ideas on how to plan, implement and deliver progras; how find new topics, new speakers etc. An of course how to improve the teaching and learning environment of the program. The nice thing about a newsletter is that it comes to you rather than waiting for you to go find it like a wb page or a blog.
The technology is here, now for anyone to set up a website with a newsletter feature. Those who locate the website to sign up for the newsletter which is emailed to them regularly. It puzzles me that groups like the Federation of Genealogical societies, Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists do not look seriously at this and promote it to their members.
Supposing you were a new program planner and each month you received a newletter by email that had a great idea for a program developed into a working plan on how to set it up; a list of tips on issues like room arrangements, lighting etc, a profile of a speaker and his/her topics, and news on learning opportunities for program planners.. Would this interest you? If you were a speaker would you pay to have your profile sent to hundreds of program planners in genealogy groups across the continent?
So why hasn’t someone figured out how to do this? What do you think?