Librarians & Teachers Day at NERGC 2011

Exploring New Paths to Your Roots

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Marriott Springfield, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, Massachusetts

Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day provides the opportunity for professionals to learn how genealogy can serve them in their dual roles as curators of their unique collections and as ambassadors of genealogy resources for their schools and libraries.

Librarians’ and Teachers’ Day is directed at librarians, teachers and local history curators who may or may not be genealogists. Learning a few new genealogical skills could be the way to broaden your library’s patron base, excite your students and showcase parts of your local history collection that may not have seen the light of day for decades.

The cost is $35.00 per person and includes lunch compliments of ProQuest. Attendees may opt to attend the remainder of the full conference (see for an additional $75.00.

8:45 A.M – 9:30 A.M.
Registration and Welcome

9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Kathleen M. Reilly
Strategies for Making Archival Records Accessible to Genealogists

Do you have scrapbooks, pamphlets, and manuscript collections that researchers would find useful if they could use them without danger of damage to the materials? Learn some of the strategies that the Berkshire Athenaeum uses to invite patrons into their collection while keeping it to use local primary safe.

10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
Liz Shapiro
Kids & Collections: Making Meaningful Connections

Is your museum’s historical collection languishing for lack of use? How do you connect the next generation with both your article and archival resources? Using a multi-faceted approach, the Sharon (CT) Historical Society enables students resource materials to create multimedia digital stories about people and places.

12:00 NOON – 1:45 P.M.
William Forsyth
Lunch, Courtesy of ProQuest
ProQuest Information and Learning

2:00 P.M.- 3:00 P.M.
Donna E. Walcovy, Ph.D.
Bringing the Civil War to Life through Library Program and Curriculum Development

The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War begins on April 12, 2011, two days after the NERGC conference ends. Learn how you can make the Civil War come alive for your community, adults, visitors, teens, and children.

3:15 P.M.- 4:15 P.M.
Jean Nudd Elliott
Illustrating the Past: Digital Images at the National Archives

A picture is always worth a thousand words, and Jean Nudd Elliott will show how Docs Teach and other new tools available through the National Archives will bring history to life.

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