More From RootsTech With Lisa Louise Cooke
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With all the anticipation of the first ever RootsTech
conference, it’s hard to believe it’s already come and gone. Here are some highlights from
this year’s conference that I hope inspire you to attend next year. (Block out
February 2-4, 2012 on your calendar!)
As a member of the media, I had the rare opportunity to see how hundreds of
thousands of microfilm rolls make their way around the world each year. The Family History Library distribution center is
the size of 19 football fields and stores 725,000 film copies, each copy averaging
100 feet in length. Films
are stored in huge automated shelving systems holding trays of film that are
tracked and accessed by computer. Even though there is a goal to digitize all microfilms held by the
FHL, there will always be a need for microfilm distribution because of copyright restrictions.
Inside the microfilm distribution center at the Family History Library.
Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner: One of the winners at this year’s conference was the Flip-Pal Mobile
Scanner. Many a happy genealogist
clutched their new portable workhorse, and those that didn’t already have one were muttering
quietly that they really needed one. Having acquired a Flip-Pal scanner myself not long
ago, I can say that the buzz was warranted. Look for the Family Tree Magazine review of the Flip-Pal scanner in our May issue, on newsstands March 8.
The Media Center: I felt a bit like Maxwell Smart
in the Cone of Silence from "Get Smart," as I conducted interviews in the glass cubicles at
the center of the exhibit hall. The cubicles weren't sound proof, but they provided a convenient place to record
audio and video while still capturing the ambiance of the place. One of my first interviews was with
Patricia Van Skaik of the Cincinnati Public Library, who won the Most
Distinguished Presenter award for her Saturday presentations. The media center was a stroke of genius
on the part of the organizers. It
gave podcasters and bloggers the room and tools we needed to get the word out.
Lisa interviewing Patricia Van Skaik in the media center.
Witcher, manager of the genealogy deptartment at the Allen County Public Library in
Fort Wayne, Ind., also sat down with me for an in depth interview. He
sees technology converging with genealogy, and his keynote address was quite a hit from sounds of
between-session banter. Watch our conversation below:
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Virtual Presentations Roundtable: I wrapped up the whirlwind three-day conference
as a panelist in the Virtual Presentations Roundtable. Thomas MacEntee pulled together a panel of experienced webinar
presenters, including editor of Family Tree Magazine Allison Stacy,
Photo Detective Maureen Taylor, DearMYRTLE, Geoff Rasmussen
and Marian Pierre-Louis. Not only
did we provide tips on how societies can hold their own virtual presentations,
but the session itself was a virtual webinar. And to top it off, the RootsTech folks streamed the session
live on the RootsTech website!
RootsTech made a bold leap onto the conference scene, and
from every indication, it’s here to stay.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:13:43 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)