Genealogical Research for Librarians

Genealogy is a hot topic in libraries around the world. While people have always been interested in exploring their ancestors and family origins, the rise of sites like and the digitization of historical documents have put libraries of all types right in the center of many peoples' search for their roots.

In this eCourse, librarian and genealogy expert June L. Power prepares you with the expertise you need to serve the genealogically-oriented patrons in your community. You'll start with the basics and gain an understanding of how to use both free and proprietary resources, how to use public records, and how to serve communities of diverse national and ethnic backgrounds.

After participating in this eCourse, you will

  • Know the tools available for genealogical research and how to use them;
  • Understand the issues involved in genealogical research;
  • Be able to help others interpret genealogical resources; and
  • Gain an understanding of the differences in research methods for diverse ancestries

June Power is the Director of Special Collections and University Archives for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, managing circulation, course reserves, document delivery services, and copyright management. She is the managing department head and has also assisted with archival and special collections work, and genealogy. She has presented at NCLA, the ILLiad Conference, the Ares Virtual Conference, the Azaela Coast Library Association Conference, and the Access Services Conference. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Access Services and has published a series of articles in that journal as well as several book chapters.

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