Sunday, 22 April 2012

Canadian local history and genealogy librarians form network

The Canadian Library Association has established a Local History & Genealogy Services Network with purposes:
  • Provide a forum serving the interests of historians, genealogists and librarians whose work is in, or related to, the field of local history and genealogy
  • Provide on-going training and support to local history and genealogy librarians, library staff and information professionals working in organizations such as libraries, archives, museums or genealogical societies which serve and assist history and genealogy researchers
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns related to organization and management of local history and genealogy collections and delivery of specialized services to this diverse clientele
  • Provide collaborative opportunities between and with local, regional and national libraries as well as with international organizations, including ALA RUSA History Division, IFLA GENLOC, CILIP LOCSTUDIES and EBLIDA.
The initial, optional, plan of activities includes:
  • To facilitate the exchange of information pertaining to local history and genealogy resources, services and collections via an online listserv, blog, wiki, chat rooms and/or electronic means
  • To provide online webinars to instruct and train local history and genealogy librarians and information professionals
  • To moderate workshops and/or meetings aimed at librarians and information professionals at the annual CLA conference or similar conference venues.
The founding members, with email addresses, are:
Penny Allen pallen@vulcanlibrary.ca  (Moderator)
May P. Chan maychan@reginalibrary.ca
Kim Harrison  kharrison@ancestry.com
Peter McNally  peter.mcnally@mcgill.ca
Diana Hall diana.hall@biblioottawalibrary.ca
Kam Teo      kteo@southeast.lib.sk.ca
Frank Van Kalmthout frank.vankalmthout@ontario.ca
Laurie J. Cooke lcooke@surrey.ca
Christine Hayes christine.hayes@calgarypubliclibrary.com
Yvonne Brown ybrown@epl.ca

The network has a meeting scheduled for 1 June in Ottawa at the Canadian Library Association annual conference.

4 comments:

Penny said...

Thank you so much Mr. Reid for being proactive and getting our information 'out there'! We are also working on a blog which will soon be live on the www. We are very excited to finally have a voice to represent the many genealogy librarians in this country. Please stay tuned!
Penny Allen, Alberta, Canada

Penny said...

Appreciate your post, Mr. Reid. You are one step ahead, certainly! We are very excited to finally have a voice that will represent genealogy librarians across Canada. Please stay tuned!
Penny Allen Alberta Canada

Penny said...

Appreciate your post, Mr. Reid. You are one step ahead, certainly! We are very excited to finally have a voice that will represent genealogy librarians across Canada. Please stay tuned!
Penny Allen Alberta Canada

Elizabeth Melrose Secretary: IFLA GENLOC said...

This is most interesting. I am hoping that the editor of our GENLOC Newsletter will pick this up. Congratulations.