RUSA presents genealogical reference institute at Midwinter

Contact: Eileen Hardy

Marketing Specialist, RUSA


For Immediate Release,

November 13, 2007

RUSA presents genealogical reference institute at Midwinter

CHICAGO- The Reference and User Services Association's (RUSA) History Section will present a one-day institute, "Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: From Birthplace of a Nation to the Digital Age," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 11., during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

"This institute will give you the skills you need to offer patrons great service by providing them with the best and most up-to-date genealogy information and resources," said Janice Schultz, institute committee chair. "Historic Philadelphia will be the backdrop as you join other librarians in a quest for knowledge from the Colonial Age to the present and on to the future."

Institute attendees will learn about early American genealogical documents, review the latest ancestry research resources available on the Internet and preview future resources. The institute is being held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (, one of the oldest historical societies in the United States, and will include a tour of its special collections. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies houses some 600,000 printed items and more than 19 million manuscript and graphic items.

To register, visit, or to add it to an existing registration call ALA member and customer service at 1-800-545-2433, press option #5 and add the event to your existing registration.