Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NGS: Librarians' program at May 2009 conference

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from the National Genealogical Society, by way of Pam Cooper on the GeneaLibrarian Mailing List. Please address all inquiries to

Special program for librarians at National Genealogical Society Family History Conference

Arlington, VA. January 28, 2009. The National Genealogical Society will be holding its annual Family History Conference from 13-16 May 2009 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

On Tuesday, 12 May, a special Librarians’ program, sponsored by ProQuest, will be held at the Convention Center. This program is free to all librarians who work with family history patrons or genealogy reference materials. Advance registration is required.

Librarians attending this program will hear several excellent speakers. ProQuest will provide lunch for attendees and will be available to answer questions about their products.

Presentations on the program will include talks on volunteers – recruiting, retaining and rewarding; creating and maintaining specialized collections and services for genealogy researchers; the Colonial and state records of NC in the Internet age; and collection development.

Librarians attending Librarians Day may also want to consider attending the entire NGS conference – which commences on Wednesday 13 May through to Saturday 16 May. The Exhibit Hall which features genealogical vendors and services will be open throughout the conference.

Conference rates and further information can be found on the NGS website at

The National Genealogical Society, founded in 1903, is the premier national society for everyone from the beginner to the most advanced family historian. NGS serves its members by providing genealogical skill development through education, information, publications, research assistance, and networking opportunities.