Thursday, March 25, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 12 - Archive and Library Sites

This week's 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy topic written by Amy Coffin is:

Check out the web sites for the Society of American Archivists, ARMA International, and the American Library Association. Genealogists can benefit from the educational opportunities and publications of other information-based organizations. You may not be an archivist, records manager or librarian, but you share the same interests. Look at the events these associations hold. Find the books they publish and see if you can request them through your library via Inter-Library Loan. You may also want to check out your state’s (or country’s) library association. If you’re a genealogy blogger, write about your impressions of one or more of these organizations.

The Society of American Archivists has their newsletters available for free online. The 3 latest issues are reserved for members only. This allowed me to get a look at some of what they offer. It is an interesting idea for genealogy societies that are keeping their newsletters behind member only walls. Make it a member benefit to get the latest issue, but offer the rest for free to everyone!

ARMA International offers lots of education on their website, including webinars. Although there is a cost for these, I love seeing organizations offering education for people everywhere.

Indiana librarians are represented through the Indiana Library Federation.

Not being a librarian I did not find a lot on these sites for my own personal research, but I am glad that these organization exist to support librarians who then can support me.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience with this challenge. The goal was just to show others that genealogists can benefit from information on other types of non-genealogy groups. Just know these associations are there if you ever need them.