For immediate release | November 20, 2013

RUSA institute arms generalists, researchers, librarians with tools for genealogical quests

CHICAGO —The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) upcoming professional development institute, “Genealogy Resources for Librarians,” sponsored by ProQuest, will address issues of importance to library staff and administration when serving or partnering with patrons, volunteers, scholars or educators interested in genealogy research. Nationally known specialists will discuss everything from free resources to future directions at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to webinar outreach and instruction, new online offerings, government documents, Quaker resources and making the financial case for genealogical librarianship.

This institute, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at the Philadelphia Free Library, is presented by RUSA’s History Section — home to representatives of historical collections from libraries, archives and historical societies. People working in public, academic or special libraries that are interested in historical research and genealogy will benefit from attending. Lunch is provided. Register now at

Librarians and field experts will provide informative presentations that will arm attendees with the right tools to perform genealogical research with confidence:

Panelists and speakers include:; Michael Hall, FamilySearch; Sandra M. Hewlett, CGSM: Getting More Than You Pay For: Free Access to Genealogical Resources;

Meg Phillips, liaison director, NARA, and Jefferson M. Moak, Archivist, National Archives at Philadelphia: Future Directions for the National Archives and Records Administration;

Kimberly Powell, V.P., Association of Professional Genealogists; Amber Case, University of Washington; Cherie’ Weible, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Reaching Reference Librarians Through Genealogical Webinars;

Ann Upton, Haverford; Tom Hamm, Earlham; Gwen Gosney Erickson Guilford College: Quaker Pennsylvania Collections;

Connie Reik, Tufts University: Genealogical Use of Government Publications;

Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library: Making the Financial Case for Genealogical Librarianship.

Midwinter registration information is available here at the ALA Midwinter Meeting website, Conference registration is not required in order to register for this institute.

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. 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


Leighann Wood

Membership and Awards Coordinator

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)