Introduction to Genealogical Librarianship
Instructor: Sarah A.V. Kirby
Dates: May 1st through 28th, 2017
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Most short courses in genealogical librarianship actually focus on genealogy and only discuss library concerns briefly. This course seeks to reverse that. While a brief introduction to genealogy will be given, the majority of the course will focus on collection development, reference interviews, programming, and support for genealogical researchers. By the end of the course you will understand how genealogy reference interviews differ from normal reference interviews. You will also be familiar with the core print and online references needed to support most basic genealogical questions. Finally, you will have been introduced to some of the resources that can help you develop programming or be used in other ways to support your genealogical reference activities.
Sarah A.V. Kirby is a librarian, professional genealogist, teacher, and rocket scientist (aerospace engineer). As a genealogist her specialization is in New England, New York, and the Midwest. Sarah holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, concentrating in Genealogical Librarianship, from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She serves as the lead volunteer librarian for the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society. She has been a corporate librarian for over a decade, and operates a library services consulting firm, Appletree Knowledge Services. In her first career, she worked at NASA’s Mission Control and worked in the Space Shuttle, Astronaut on Mir, and Space Station programs.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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