19 March 2014

Jamboree - FREE Librarians' Genealogy Boot Camp - Friday 6 June

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces a FREE three-hour Librarians’ Genealogy Boot Camp on Friday morning, June 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Boot Camp will be held in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. After the Boot Camp ends at noon, attendees are invited to wander through the exhibit hall as our guests. Attendees receive a printed syllabus at no additional charge.

We are particularly excited about this year’s Boot Camp courses, which were developed specially for Jamboree 2014. Our exceptional speakers, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, aka The Genealogy Guys(SM) podcasters, know genealogy from both sides of the reference desk.

Although the sessions are provided at no cost, we do require advance registration. Attendance is limited to 100. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/JamboreeLibrarians.

The Presentations:

"Good Cop, Better Cop: How to Politely Interrogate Your Patron." Learn how to help your patron identify and focus on their genealogical research need while still allowing them to tell their family story. (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, MLS).

"Quick and Easy Video Tutorials: How to Educate Your Patrons 24/7." Your newest genealogy patrons may not have set foot in your library, and might never! So how can you create video tutorials for them using free tools and then publish them online? In this session, we’ll demonstrate how easy it to produce and publish simple videos that educate your patrons about your facility, your services, your online resources, and the best genealogical practices. (Drew Smith, MLS)

"Fine-Tuning Your Genealogy Collection: How to Provide the Resources Your Patrons Need." Every genealogy library needs a good core collection of resources that can meet the needs of most patrons, but your local demographics should determine your collection’s focus and development. Learn how to maximize the use of your physical space by providing the right mix of print, microfilm, and online genealogy resources. (George G. Morgan).

The Speakers:

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to library personnel and genealogists since 1996. George is an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, international genealogical conferences, on cruises, and in webinars.

George is the prolific author of eleven books and literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. McGraw-Hill published the third edition of his How to Do Everything: Genealogy, in 2012, and published his eleventh book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, co-authored with Drew Smith, in 2013.

He was VP of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies from 2010-2013. He is a past president of International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), and past director of the Florida State Genealogical Society and the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa).

Drew Smith, MLS, is a librarian at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. Since 2007 he has been President of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), and since July 2013 has been Chair of the Family History Information Standards Organisation.

Drew is co-author of the 2013 McGraw-Hill book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, author of the 2009 GPC book Social Networking for Genealogists, and “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine. He has written extensively for such magazines as NGS NewsMagazine (now NGS Magazine), Genealogical Computing, and Digital Genealogist. He has previously served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists (as Secretary), the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS). He continues to administer the GENEALIB electronic mailing list with over 1200 genealogy librarians as subscribers, a list he founded in 1996.

The Southern California Genealogical Society produces the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held June 6-8, 2014, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. The pre-event is "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014" a day-long conference exploring the use of DNA in family history.


For further information contact:
Paula Hinkel
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

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