Librarians Day launches family history gathering
Genealogy is among top topics for library visitors, sponsor says
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
Libraries and genealogy go hand in hand.
is consistently one of the top two or three areas of content librarians
are asked about, says Paul Nauta, FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager,
whether they are at libraries big or small.
it has become a tradition at annual meetings of the National
Genealogical Society to kick things off with Librarians Day, says
William Forsyth, with ProQuest, sponsor of this year's event.
day's session is designed for public and academic librarians, for
genealogical and family history librarians, for archivists, for anyone
who might be asked to help patrons in this area, he says, whether or
not genealogy is their specialty.
\"It is also traditional to tour local depositories so librarians will know what resources are available and how to use them.\"
sessions for 2010 Librarians Day were held Monday at the Joseph Smith
Memorial Building; afternoon tours took conference attendees to the
Family History Library and the new Church History Library.
National Genealogical Society is meeting in Salt Lake City for only the
second time in the past 25 years. This year's gathering, which
officially starts today at the Salt Palace, is expected to be one of
the largest ever in the United States, with more than 2,000 attendees,
100 speakers, 180 lectures and workshops, and 123 exhibitors.
events throughout the week will include a multimedia tribute to family
history featuring historian David McCullough, the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir and Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
will also be a Family History Consultant Fireside with Elder Allan F.
Packer of the First Quorum of the Seventy, an open house and extended
research hours at the Church History Library, a kids camp, a virtual
tour of the world-famous Granite Mountain Records Vault, free
\"Ask-an-Expert\" family consultations by the Utah Genealogical
Association and more.
things off on Librarians Day was James Sweany, head of the Local
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