Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Yesterday, a co-worker asked me where the library's DAR Patriot Index was. It was still listed in the catalog and a member was asking for it. The co-worker, being very efficient, had already checked all the possible and improbable places looking for it. I remembered the set but couldn't remember where it was until later.
I had discarded it (and somehow not removed it from the catalog) because of various postings like this one: http://scvgs.org/2012/07/07/dar-patriot-index-now-online/ that said that all the records were now online at the DAR web site: www.dar.org and that the old printed indexes were inaccurate and had soldiers listed whose service had been disproved.
This information was relayed to our member who replied that she has had trouble with the online index not listing ancestors for whom she has proved Revolutionary War Service.
Has anyone else had problem with the online DAR Patriot Index? Should printed indexes be retained when they have been superseded by online indexes?
Weigh in with your experiences and opinions!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Just came back from the Ohio Genealogical Society's Annual Librarians Seminar on October 17th. They had a full house of participants and a full house of presenters. A great day as always! I always come away from these seminars fired up with great new ideas to try out. THIS year I am going to find the time to implement some of them!
Tom Neel, Library Director for OGS, did a interesting presentation on Court House Records. I have already used information I learned from Tom.
Derek Davey of Toledo talked about Social Media and Libraries. He is the one who got me fired up to resurrect this blog. Let's see if we can get this site rolling! He really emphasized that we need to remember that the new genealogists are very tech savvy and we need to move beyond the brick & mortar mentality. Once we engage them virtually, we can get them in the doors!
Aaron Turner, yearbook czar for OGS, talked about Omeka software for content management. He used it to digitize the Ohio Story radio program scripts. For someone with next to no money, Omeka is a great option.
Phil Sager of Ohio History Connection and Marcus Ladd of Miami University talked about Contentdm of OCLC. It is expensive and you do it their way or you don't do it. It is very locked down. Did I mention that it is very expensive???
Michael Sabiers put in a plug for Office 365 products.
Eric Honnefer is the Document Conservator for Bowling Green State University, Center for Archival Collections. He shared important resources for archival supplies and standards. He shared anectdotes from his many years of experience and was a very entertaining speaker.
I would ask that the organizers use a less offensive image to adorn their promotional flyer for this program next year...