Thursday, March 26, 2009


Are you a librarian working with family historians and genealogy reference areas? The 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, hosted by the Arkansas Genealogical Society, invites you to a special day designed for librarians. The FGS Librarians’ Day, graciously sponsored by ProQuest, will be held on 2 September 2009 (Wednesday).

The location is the impressive and recently opened Arkansas Studies Institute, Central Arkansas Library System, located at 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas. This is an all day event for librarians to network with each other as well as hear from gifted speakers. The day starts at 9:00 AM and runs to about 4:00 PM. The library has extended its hours and will close at 8:00 PM so there will be plenty of time to do research.

For more up to date information about the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies that is now located in the Arkansas Studies Institute Building, please check out their blog at

Librarians' Day Agenda

8:45 AM – Welcome

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Building Bridges – Connecting Libraries, Archives and Genealogist by Russell L. Baker, Archival Manager, Arkansas History Commission and State Archives.

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
American Memory (The Library of Congress) by Karen Russ, MLS, Government Documents Librarian/Assistant Professor at Ottenheimer Library, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Lunch sponsored by ProQuest – presentation by William Forsyth, PMP, Director of Product Management and Ms. Lanell James, MSI, Manager, Genealogy

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Quick Overview of African American Resources by Lisa Parry Arnold, Content Manager for TGN

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Share in the Arkansas Experience – The Arkansas Studies Institute by David Stricklin, Ph.D., Director of the Arkansas Studies Institute

3:15 PM
Tour Arkansas Studies Institute

There is limited seating (90). Please register at Please include, name, address, email, and library affiliation. The cost is FREE and includes lunch courtesy of ProQuest! A RSVP is required to attend the day. FGS thanks ProQuest and the Arkansas Studies Institute for their important participation in this day.

FGS invites librarians to attend the rest of the conference, too. For program details and registration info visit That site also has details should your library want to be a part of the exciting Exhibit Hall. For conference updates, special announcements, additional lecture and speaker information visit

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