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Genealogical Relations with Libraries


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Answers to these questions and additional ideas are presented in this paper.  
 
Answers to these questions and additional ideas are presented in this paper.  
 
  
 
== Objectives ==
 
== Objectives ==
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A society’s objective should be to see that there are genealogical materials available in a local library to assist the genealogists of the local community, surrounding communities or service areas. The society should also ensure public access to additional genealogical materials that may be provided by other libraries through interlibrary loan.  
 
A society’s objective should be to see that there are genealogical materials available in a local library to assist the genealogists of the local community, surrounding communities or service areas. The society should also ensure public access to additional genealogical materials that may be provided by other libraries through interlibrary loan.  
 
  
 
== Types of Libraries ==  
 
== Types of Libraries ==  
  
 
City, county, and regional public libraries are not the only libraries that may be interested in expanding their genealogical holdings. There are also historical societies and college and university libraries (tax supported, private, denominational and secular) to consider.
 
City, county, and regional public libraries are not the only libraries that may be interested in expanding their genealogical holdings. There are also historical societies and college and university libraries (tax supported, private, denominational and secular) to consider.
 
  
 
== Correlation ==
 
== Correlation ==
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No library can collect all these same types of materials that relate to their patrons' ancestors from other communities throughout the world. Therefore, interlibrary loans and referrals are very necessary. Fortunately, the Internet and Web sites for family genealogists can help, as long as the researcher obtains documentation for information thus acquired.   
 
No library can collect all these same types of materials that relate to their patrons' ancestors from other communities throughout the world. Therefore, interlibrary loans and referrals are very necessary. Fortunately, the Internet and Web sites for family genealogists can help, as long as the researcher obtains documentation for information thus acquired.   
 
  
 
==Physical needs==  
 
==Physical needs==  
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'''Security''': Special sections, areas, rooms, locked cases, and other security devices are the jurisdiction of the library and should not be suggested or demanded by societies.  
 
'''Security''': Special sections, areas, rooms, locked cases, and other security devices are the jurisdiction of the library and should not be suggested or demanded by societies.  
 
  
 
==Library Volunteers==
 
==Library Volunteers==
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'''Badges''':  Society volunteers should wear a badge stating that they are volunteers.  
 
'''Badges''':  Society volunteers should wear a badge stating that they are volunteers.  
 
  
 
==Library Projects==
 
==Library Projects==
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The demands of the library Web site and general genealogical correspondence can be lightened with a society page and participation in the online GenWeb program available at [http://www.usgenweb.com USGenWeb]. A society page or Web site should be linked to as many quality area sites as possible.  
 
The demands of the library Web site and general genealogical correspondence can be lightened with a society page and participation in the online GenWeb program available at [http://www.usgenweb.com USGenWeb]. A society page or Web site should be linked to as many quality area sites as possible.  
 
  
 
==Funding==  
 
==Funding==  
  
 
'''Fund Raising''': The society may wish to conduct fund-raising projects to augment funds contributed from membership dues.<ref>The following publications offer useful fund raising ideas: the Federation of Genealogical Societies,  ''Society Strategies Series'', Set 1:4, [[Strategies for Societies, Projects for Fundraising]] by [[Sandra Luebking|Luebking]], Austin, Texas: FGS,  1992; and ''Fundraising for the Small Public Library: A How To–Do–It Manual for Librarians'', by James Swan, New York: Neal-Schuman, 1990.</ref>  These funds could be contributed for the acquisition of genealogical materials.   
 
'''Fund Raising''': The society may wish to conduct fund-raising projects to augment funds contributed from membership dues.<ref>The following publications offer useful fund raising ideas: the Federation of Genealogical Societies,  ''Society Strategies Series'', Set 1:4, [[Strategies for Societies, Projects for Fundraising]] by [[Sandra Luebking|Luebking]], Austin, Texas: FGS,  1992; and ''Fundraising for the Small Public Library: A How To–Do–It Manual for Librarians'', by James Swan, New York: Neal-Schuman, 1990.</ref>  These funds could be contributed for the acquisition of genealogical materials.   
 
  
 
==Library Negotiations==  
 
==Library Negotiations==  
  
All negotiations should be made with the library director or appropriate staff persons. Only at an impasse should a society approach the governing board, and not before informing the library director of such a plan.  
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All negotiations should be made with the library director or appropriate staff persons. Only at an impasse should a society approach the governing board, and not before informing the library director of such a plan.
 
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==Library Contracts==  
 
==Library Contracts==  
  
A formal contract, not just a “handshake” agreement, is advisable if a portion of a society’s contributed funds will be expended for genealogical materials or other support of the library's genealogical collection. For an example of a contract, see footnote<ref>The Federation of Genealogical Societies, ''Society Strategies Series'', Set 3:3, [[Moving Your Collection to a Public Library]], by [[Edward E. Steele|Steele]]. Austin, Texas: FGS, 2000.</ref>.
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A formal contract, not just a “handshake” agreement, is advisable if a portion of a society’s contributed funds will be expended for genealogical materials or other support of the library's genealogical collection. For an example of a contract, see footnote<ref>The Federation of Genealogical Societies, ''Society Strategies Series'', Set 3:3, [[Moving Your Collection to a Public Library]], by [[Edward E. Steele|Steele]]. Austin, Texas: FGS, 2000.</ref>.
 
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== Possibility of Eviction ==  
 
== Possibility of Eviction ==  
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The library sets its collection development policy and procedures. The books, articles, audio tapes, journals, and listserv shown below can assist in collection development. If the librarians of your library do not know of these tools, please bring them to their attention.
 
The library sets its collection development policy and procedures. The books, articles, audio tapes, journals, and listserv shown below can assist in collection development. If the librarians of your library do not know of these tools, please bring them to their attention.
  
<ul><li>Witcher, Curt B. “Personal, Professional, and Society: A Genealogy Collection for Every Library.” Lecture at FGS conference in St. Louis, 1999. #W15, p. 39. Audio taped by Repeat Performance, Hobart, IN 46324; telephone: (219) 465-1234; <http://www.audiotapes.com>.</li>
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<ul><li>Witcher, Curt B. “Personal, Professional, and Society: A Genealogy Collection for Every Library.” Lecture at FGS conference in St. Louis, 1999. #W15, p. 39. Audio taped by Repeat Performance, Hobart, IN 46324; telephone: (219) 465-1234; <[http://www.audiotapes.com http://www.audiotapes.com]>.</li>
  
 
<li>Kemp, Thomas Jay. “The Roots of Genealogy Collections.” ''Library Journal'' 124 (April 1, 1999): 57–60.</li>
 
<li>Kemp, Thomas Jay. “The Roots of Genealogy Collections.” ''Library Journal'' 124 (April 1, 1999): 57–60.</li>
 
  
 
<li>Book reviews of the History Section of the ''RUSA Update, Reference & User Services Quarterly, Library Journal'' and genealogical journals and quarterlies.</li>
 
<li>Book reviews of the History Section of the ''RUSA Update, Reference & User Services Quarterly, Library Journal'' and genealogical journals and quarterlies.</li>
 
  
 
<li>Swan, James. ''The Librarian’s Guide to Genealogical Research.'' Fort Atkinson, Wis.: Highsmith Press, 1998.</li>
 
<li>Swan, James. ''The Librarian’s Guide to Genealogical Research.'' Fort Atkinson, Wis.: Highsmith Press, 1998.</li>
 
  
 
<li>Moore, Dahrl Elizabeth. ''The Librarian’s Genealogy Notebook: A Guide to Resources.'' Chicago: American Library Association, 1998.</li>
 
<li>Moore, Dahrl Elizabeth. ''The Librarian’s Genealogy Notebook: A Guide to Resources.'' Chicago: American Library Association, 1998.</li>
  
 
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<li>Librarians Serving Genealogists’ (LSG) GENEALIB electronic mailing list <[mailto:lyris@lists.acomp.usf.edu lyris@lists.acomp.usf.edu]>.</li>
<li>Librarians Serving Genealogists’ (LSG) GENEALIB electronic mailing list <lyris@lists.acomp.usf.edu>.</li>
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<li>Reid, Judith P. “Branching Out into Genealogy.” ''Library Journal'' 117 (November 1, 1992): 51–55.</li>
 
<li>Reid, Judith P. “Branching Out into Genealogy.” ''Library Journal'' 117 (November 1, 1992): 51–55.</li>
 
  
 
<li>Parker, J. Carlyle. ''Library Service for Genealogists''. Gale Genealogy and Local History Series, v. 15. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1981. (Somewhat out-of-date, but not superseded.) Second edition in progress. Turlock, Calif.: Marietta Publishing Co.</li></ul>
 
<li>Parker, J. Carlyle. ''Library Service for Genealogists''. Gale Genealogy and Local History Series, v. 15. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1981. (Somewhat out-of-date, but not superseded.) Second edition in progress. Turlock, Calif.: Marietta Publishing Co.</li></ul>

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