Genealogy institute advance registration ends Friday, Dec. 5

Contact: Liz Markel

Marketing Specialist


For Immediate Release

December 2, 2008

CHICAGO— Don’t be left out in the Denver cold with your family history questions—register for “ Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk” by Friday, Dec. 5 for advance registration prices.

This one-day institute is presented by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) in conjunction with the ALA 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colo., and is open to librarians, library staff and the public. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 at the Denver Public Library, 10 West Fourteenth Avenue Parkway, Denver.

Advance registration is $95 for RUSA members, $115 for ALA members, $140 for non-members and $65 for students and retirees. The program site is fully handicap-accessible. Registration includes lunch and a tour of the Colorado Historical Society Stephen Hart Library and the Colorado State Archives.

Midwinter Meeting attendees interested in registering for the meeting and institute—or adding the institute to their current meeting itinerary—can do so through Step 6 (“Your Events”) of the online registration form or by calling 1-800-974-3084. Those who are interested in only attending the institute must register using a printed registration form, which can then be submitted via mail or faxed per the instructions on the form.

Participants may register after Dec. 5 using the instructions above, but will be subject to higher prices.

Institute participants will learn from local experts on the subject about how such resources as the Colorado Rail Museum and the Colorado State Archives can assist coast-to-coast family history research efforts. Speakers will also address ways to overcome the research barrier presented by closed-record environments.

The History Section (HS) is a part of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. The section represents the subject interests of its members who work as reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, and in other historical reference and research fields. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.