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# Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Attention, Genealogical Librarians
Posted by Diane

…and friends of genealogical librarians. Family Tree Magazine editors are working on an article that will honor libraries across the United States with outstanding genealogical collections—and we need your help!

To learn more about libraries' resources and collections, we want to survey as many genealogical libraries as we can. Any type of genealogical library is eligible to participate: public or private, large or small, etc.—as long as it has a genealogical collection the public can use (for free or by paying an admission fee).

Librarians can get more details and download our questionnaire (as a Word document) from www.familytreemagazine.com/librarysurvey. Questions cover the types of materials, collection scope and size, online information, that type of thing.

We’ll need completed surveys e-mailed to us by Jan. 14, 2008. If you have questions about the survey, please post a comment here or e-mail our editorial staff.


Family Tree Magazine articles | Libraries and Archives
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 4:54:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Monday, December 31, 2007 9:16:55 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
The California Genealogical Society and Library would love to be included in your library article, however our librarian and research director inform me that there is no way that we can possibly gather the information requested in the questionnaire in the allotted time (by Jan. 14, 2008). Is there a way to participate by giving more general information about our holdings?

Kathryn Doyle
Wednesday, January 02, 2008 1:59:13 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi, Kathryn,
I've e-mailed you, but also wanted to post a comment in case others have similar questions:

Libraries are welcome to provide general information, but for the purposes of this article, we’d need the questionnaire responses to make a fair evaluation.

But here’s something that might help save time: The questionnaire is divided into sections (such as online database access, ethnic collections, local history collections) since we’ll be looking a many different categories of resources and services that libraries provide.

A librarian could look over the questionnaire and fill out just the section(s) he or she feels best relate to the strongest aspects of the library's collection. If the library is particularly proud of its immigration collection, for example, the librarian could fill out just that part of the questionnaire (of course, along with the basic information section requesting name, date, etc.)

If a library's purpose is to help people research an ethnic background, it may have very limited resources in other areas, such as maps or local histories. In that case, a librarian might fill out just the section on ethnic collections.

You can post here or e-mail if you have more questions.
Best,
Diane
Diane Haddad
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