Category Archives: Librarians as Educators

Speaking Leads to Research Clients


I recently heard about a speaker at a conference who handed out his business cards at all the audience. Not only was it a nice touch, it provided everyone his contact information — easier to store than his handout materials.

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Educating the Genealogy Librarian

George G. Morgan of Aha! Seminars has authored a new on-line course for genealogy librarians “Cooperative Ventures and Referrals” available as part of the Genealogy Librarianship Certificate program from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Reference by Walking Around: Blue Sky Thinking?

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Years ago I read an article about management by walking around that suggested managers needed to get out of the office and into the front lines daily to observe, to listen and provide guidence when needed. Its a good idea. But what’s it got to do with genealogy?

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Irresitable Registration

How do you make your genealogy classes, workshop or other event irrestistable to potential participants?

There is apparently more to getting genealogy students to enroll than simply getting a great teacher or speaker. I have been thinking about this as I discuss the challenges with those involved in my speaking tour of British Columbia. So I went looking for some clues in how facilitate the genealogist’s committment to participate in a genealogfy educational event. Here’s what I learned: Continue reading

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:

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Working with Speakers.

Here’s an idea for genealogical society program planners,and librarians hiring speakers. If the speakers fee seems to high, instead of trying to negotiate down the fee, try to increase the value. Read on to see what I mean

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Genealogist in Residence

My local public library has a “writer in residence” for 6 months every other year. They also have a “Critic in Residence” at the library art gallery. These individuals meet with local writers and artists and coach them in improving their literary or artistic work. The library pays them to do a certain number of educational programs, and to have “office hours” for writers or artists to come in and discuss their work.

Would you like to be a “genealogist in residence” at a library near you? Its a new idea and you may not sell them on a month, let alone 6 months, but to the right person they might just pay a professional genealogist to teach and consult with patrons for a week.

Go and discuss it with your librarian and report back.

Mentoring as a teaching activity

Ken front1.jpgAre you a mentor? Are you nurturing a protege, a rising star in the genealogy experience? You could be. In the mentoring process there is one mentor, and one protege ( somtimes call mentee, candidate, apprentice, aspirant, counsellee, trainee or student in the literature). Some things a mentor might do in such a relationship include: Continue reading

Teaching Bibliographic Skills in Genealogy

The other day while looking for something on the leaning tower of books behind my desk I was struck by a falling book, Charles A D’Aniello. Teaching Bibliographic Skills in History: A Sourcebook for Historians and Librarians, (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1993).

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Librarians as Educators:Geographic Tools

Maori Warrior.jpgMy son-in-law, a misplaced New Zealander, received a “care package” from his sister in New Zealand containing, among other comfort and junk foods, roast-lamb-flavored potato chips. I tried 2 or 3. They even had a hint of mint sauce flavor to them. “To each his own”, they say. “What’s that got to do with genealogy education?” you ask. Let me tell you Continue reading