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Mar 23

Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers (2016)

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 12:40 PM by Brian Herder

Fostering Family History Services

Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers (2016)

Rhonda L. Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller

Libraries Unlimited

978-1610695411

Here is everything you need to promote your library as a center for genealogical study by leveraging your collection to help patrons conduct research on ancestors, document family stories, and archive family heirlooms.

Websites, social media, and the Internet have made research on family history accessible. Your library can tap into the popularity of the do-it-yourself genealogy movement by promoting your role as both a preserver of local community history as well as a source for helping your patrons archive what's important to their family. This professional guide will teach you how to integrate family history programming into your educational outreach tools and services to the community.

The book is divided into three sections: the first introduces methods for creating a program to help your clients trace their roots; the second provides library science instruction in reference and planning for local collections; and the third part focuses on the use of specific types of resources in local collections. Additional information features methods for preserving photographs, letters, diaries, documents, memorabilia, and ephemera. The text also includes bibliographies, appendices, checklists, and links to online aids to further assist with valuating and organizing important family mementos.

Features

  • Discusses the reference environment and offers tips for strategic planning for local studies
  • Includes hints of how to assess, organize, discard, or donate family heirlooms
  • Offers suggestions for caring for family history archives, including physical enclosures, digital copies, and the importance of data backups
  • Features templates for partnership agreements with other organizations