Capitol-area genealogy resources highlighted at 2010 RUSA preconference

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Contact: Liz Markel<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Marketing Specialist, RUSA/ASCLA

(312) 280-4398


For Immediate Release

January 26, 2010

CHICAGO—Librarians from all types of libraries have the exciting opportunity to uncover genealogy research treasure troves at the “Behind the Genealogy Reference Desk: Our Capital’s Hidden Genealogy Gems”, an upcoming preconference presented by the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

This full-day event, sponsored by ProQuest, is a valuable professional development opportunity for both new reference librarians, who will benefit from the fundamental tools presented at this event, as well as experienced genealogy librarians looking for a refresher course. Personal family history researchers interested in the resources presented at this workshop are also welcome to attend.

The event will be held 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, D.C. Speakers and topics will include Eric Grundset, library director, and Terry Davis Ward, director of genealogy from the Daughters of the American Revolution Library; Megan Lewis, reference coordinator from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; a representative from the Daughters of the American Revolution; and an expert in Native American research. Additionally, noted genealogist John Humphrey will show us how to make the most of our time and resources when researching in our nation’s capital.

Interested participants can register for this event only, or can register in conjunction with Annual Conference registration by adding it as a ticketed event. For institute-only registration using the online form (login required) available at, select “Institute and Ticketed Events Only” as the registration type, and proceed to select this event from the list (event code RUS2).

Advance registration for the meeting and this event is open through May 14, 2010. Advance registration prices start at $100 for RUSA members. On-site registration starts at $125 for RUSA members, and will be available until Sunday, June 20. All interested participants are strongly encouraged to register by June 20, as only a handful of seats will be available at the door on the day of the event. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Register now at

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers advisory and resource sharing. Its History Section exists to represent the subject interests of reference librarians, archivists, bibliographers, genealogists, historians and others engaged in historical reference or research. 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. Not a member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, preconferences and other events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership at Learn more about the association at