18 May 2016

Jamboree 2016: Librarian's Bootcamp - JamboFREE Friday

Are you a librarian looking for a way to help patrons with their genealogical research? Want to learn how to maximize your research time and get the most out of our libary experience?

We are particularly excited about this year’s Boot Camp courses, which were developed specially for Jamboree 2016. Our exceptional speakers, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, MLS, aka The Genealogy Guys(SM) podcasters, know genealogy from both sides of the reference desk.  

Introduction to Genealogy for Librarians and Patrons
Many librarians have little to no training in genealogy before being assigned to help genealogy patrons. This session provides a thorough overview of the genealogy research process and resources for librarians, and provides a framework for getting beginning family history researchers started.

Teaching Your Patrons How to Use FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch.org is the free, comprehensive genealogical website of the LDS Church. This session will cover its use by librarians and their patrons, including digitized records (both with and without indexing), digitized books, a shared family tree, self-paced online courses, and a wiki with thousands of research articles.

Promoting Newspaper Resources to Genealogists
Digitized and indexed newspapers at free and commercial websites are a critical part of genealogical research. Librarians need to be aware of these sites and instruct patrons on their use. This session will cover such sites as Chronicling America, Google News Archive, NewsBank products, Newspapers.com, NewspaperArchive.com, and findmypast.com, among others.

Librarians Boot Camp is scheduled for Friday morning, June 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. It's just one of a number of JamboFREE activities, which means it is open to the public and available to attend at no cost. (We would appreciate your registering in advance so we know how many people to expect.)

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

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