Friday, August 14, 2009

Resources Available at Libraries

This article is one in a series of session reports from the recent BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. I tweeted the session live, but I hate to send you to Twitter to read them because they appear there in reverse chronological order. I’ve straightened them out for you here. Additions are shown in italics.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

I'M BACK! (2:08 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
I hope my presentation went well. Afterwards went to lunch with wife and mom. Missed a session. Now in 2nd pm session. (2:10 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Russell Lynch, "Libraries: A Wealth of Resources Available Locally" with Susan LeBlanc, contributor. (2:11 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
...already in progress. Libraries have mixture of digital/online resources and manuscript collections. (2:16 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Libs have newspapers and maps. Also not cataloged: vertical files (clippings, pamphlets), manuscripts (bibles, compiled projects). (2:19 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
If you can, go. If you can't, Inter-Library Loan (ILL). Fee. Sometimes particular library or particular staff don't want to bother. (2:22 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
http://www.worldcat.org is a resource for finding items in other libraries for ILL. (2:26 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Successful research in libraries: Librarians are your best resource. Know the hours. Allow plenty of time. Take change for copies. (2:31 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Learn number system for locating books. Follow rules. Respect people and materials. Explore. Repeat, librarian is your best resource. (2:34 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
http://www.publiclibraries.... to find libraries close to your target location. (2:36 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
http://bit.ly/Vxe4b lists libs with large genealogical collections. (2:37 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
Also http://lists.webjunction.or... and http://www.cyndislist.com/l... (2:39 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
The Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org (2:41 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )
For practice accessed denverlibrary.org catalog. Try different general search terms to find county histories, etc. (2:43 PM Jul 29th from TweetChat )

Remember that tweets are limited to 140 characters. Less the #byugen hashtag, each tweet could not exceed 132 characters. Hence, tweets often use abbreviations, bad grammar, and lack proper punctuation.

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