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.
- 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
"Readers will appreciate the plethora of programming ideas presented throughout the work as well as the tips for creating a guide of other local organizations supporting family history research. . . . Anyone who wishes to develop or expand a family history program will turn to this resource again and again."
"Offers practical advice, with bibliographical notes, on how to establish a family history service within the framework of existing programming and outreach."
"Fostering Family History Services by Rhonda L Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller is an insightful detailed volume on setting up and providing genealogy and family history services. As a seasoned genealogy librarian, I have been consulted many a time by libraries and genealogical societies on creating and maintaining a family history research collection. This book answers those questions and more.
In this easy to read volume, you will find helpful text in providing service in a very detailed area of research. It empowers service providers to offer family history reference to individuals who are pursuing a family history research project, even if that provider is not a trained in family history. Each chapter begins with background information on the chapter topic. The chapters conclude ideas for programming on that specific subject, and one of my personal favorites, cited sources.
Not only does this source cover printed sources, it reaches out to the digital world, allowing for ideas on digitization in the library setting. It offers ideas for preservation of family and community histories, and gathering and storing of photographs. Also found is information on partnerships, cataloging, periodicals, and specific records and resources used by family history researchers.
It is without reservation that I suggest this book should be on all shelves of service providers that help customers with family history, those that are thinking of or creating a family history collection, and those that have been providing genealogy reference for a long time."
"Rhonda Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller have done a superb job with this work. I wish that it had been available when I was starting out; even 15 years ago it would have been very useful. What I liked about it was that it gave great examples of what to do, and references to check on those recommendations, but it also dealt with various subjects in a very true to life and common sense style. From showing how to think outside traditional ways of delivering service, to giving readers examples of various kinds of research, and even including some good ideas for delivering items in a digital manner, this book covers a diverse selection of topics and does it very well. It is very readable and could be used as a manual for training. Highly recommended."