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I Dream of Jeannie (ology) Round-up


I loved that show.  It almost made me wish for rain delays during Cubs game.  But Sidney Sheldon?  Really?!?

We had a great turnout this morning at the Wilmette Public Library for our workshop on genealogy.  We had three wonderful speakers talk about ways to help library patrons start their family search.  As Rose Faber of the Barrington Area Public Library District put it, it’s a lifelong hobby.  Deena Butta from the Glenview Public Library and facilitator of the Genealogy CoP outlined several area resources as well as some of the CoP’s overall favorites.  One favorite she didn’t cover was the Family History Center in Wilmette because we had Cyndy Richardson, a volunteer at the Center give a insightful talk about wonderful services they provide and the best way our patrons can take advantage of them.

 

We did have a small technical glitch with the FamilySearch video, so I’m including it here

And part 2!

Also here are Rose Faber’s Genealogy Slides

And Deena’s Genealogy FAQ is a great guide matching up recommended sources with common genealogy questions.

And finally, the super secret, double X classified, Eye’s Only (well local patron’s only) website of the FHC.

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Gotta Love Dot Gov

Slides from Steven Jablonski and Uri Toch’s presentation at ILA 2010:

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Steven’s Jablonski’s Presentation on Legal Resources

Our recent program highlighting legal resources for reference librarians was a big success! Thank you to both attorney Teri Ross, who spoke about Illinois Legal Aid, and reference librarian Steven Jablonski, who gave a presentation on legal resources.

Steven was kind of enough to share his presentation slides with us to post on this site!

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Beyond Consumer Reports roundup

We had 36 in attendance last Tuesday to hear Shannon Scanlan and Alex Todd discuss consumer-related websites.  This was also our first ‘handout free’ workshop with the handouts and links available online instead of on paper.  We did have Official RLA-CE Scratch Paper for folks to take notes on and I think the attendees appreciated the paper savings.  One suggested that we have the handouts available online before the program so if people want to print them out early and bring them, they can.  We’ll definitely make an effort to do that.

We also had several excellent ideas for potential programs, including medical consumer websites (i.e. how to find a reliable doctor, comparing medical equipment, etc); language learning collection development; and the old standbys of business, legal, and medical reference.

The response from the attendees were very favorable as a whole though one comment stood out to me:

“I could come b/c this was free.  My budget for training is low to non-existent.”

We’ve always kept our programs free and our goal is to keep them free as we go forward!  A big reason we are able to provide quality, free programs is through the grant assistance we receive from HW Wilson and Gale .

We’re glad you were able to come and benefit.

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Beyond Consumer Reports – Wiki

Alex and Shannon, our presenters for tomorrow’s program, “Beyond Consumer Reports,” have created an information-rich wiki to compliment their presentation. Please take a look at the Beyond Consumer Reports wiki!

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Gotta Love Dot Gov – Online Government Resources for Reference Librarians

This morning, reference librarian extraordinaire, Steven Jablonski of Skokie Public Library, gave a presentation called “Gotta Love Dot Gov.” With his usual good humor and mastery of information resources, Jablonski talked about the best online resources containing information for consumers, job seekers, people in need, seniors, and more. For many of us librarians in attendance, the presentation will definitely be useful back at our reference desks!

Were you in attendance? Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought of this program!