Introduction to Genealogical Librarianship
Instructor: Sarah A.V. Kirby
Dates: September 7th through October 4th, 2020d
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
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 Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies, concentrating in Genealogical Librarianship, from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Starting out as the lead volunteer librarian for the Lake County (IL) Genealogical Society, she was a corporate librarian for over a decade. In late 2016 she became the full-time Genealogy and Archives Librarian at the Huntington [Indiana] City-Township Public Library. She also 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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