2008 IFLA Genloc Conference Ottawa Ontario Janet on the left, me on right
For many years, I have been ‘doing’ genealogy and about 15 years ago, I made a career change to librarianship. I took my librarian course at Leeds in the U.K. as it was a challenge to do something out of the ordinary. My dissertation title : “A comparison of the use of OPACs by Local Studies Researchers in the U.K. and Canada“.
Of course I was keen to incorporate library services for genealogists into my every day work, and I can say that at 3 places out of 5 I have been able to take on some improvements to their genealogy programs.
Since that time, I have had the pleasure to meet and work with one or two of the librarians highlighted here either online or in person. They all have an interest in genealogy and/or are working in genealogy services.
Librarians @ Association of Professional Genealogists – In this list I counted almost 100, most of whom are located in the United States. There are a few listed as Canadian Librarians and these are:
Aitken, Barbara – Tracing Your Roots in Ontario – Kingston, Ontario – email@example.com
Iles, Janet – Janet Iles Consulting & Research Services – Owen Sound, Ontario – her blog – https://researchergal.blogspot.co.uk/
Mulherin, Francine – Mulherin Genealogy Services – DSL Drummond, NB – http://www.mulheringenealogyservices.com/
Meehan, Lyn – Meehan Professional Research – Edmonton, AB – http://www.lynmeehan.com/
Librarians I have bumped into over the years
(who may at one time been involved in Genealogy Services):
Christine Hayes – Christine is Information Specialist and works at Calgary Public Library in the Genealogy and Local History department, and has been a big supporter. She writes the coolest blog articles on local history and genealogy! She is keen on genealogy and also volunteers with the Alberta Family History Society in Calgary.
Elise Cole – Librarian at Oakville Ontario and was also on the Social Media team for the 2017 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference
http://genlibrarian.blogspot.co.uk/ Elise also authored Librarians Helping Canadian Genealogists
Janet Tomkins at Vancouver Public Library – Janet and I worked together on an IFLA GenLoc (genealogy) conference that was held in Ottawa Ontario in 2008. I don’t think she works in genealogy services now, but is still at VPL.
Kam Teo – Kam was one of our earliest supporters and still is enthusiastic about Genealogy in libraries – last time I checked! He lives and works in Weyburn Saskatchewan.
Laurie J. Cooke – works at the Cloverdale Public Library in Surrey, B.C. I believe she is now working in a different department. Check out their awesome provincial genealogy guides!
May P. Chan – May and I set up this blog in 2011 to support the Canadian Genealogy Librarians via the Canadian Library Association. She is now working in government libraries but still lives in Regina Saskatchewan.
Romaine Honey – Librarian, Ottawa Public Library – I recently introduced myself via email to Romaine as I saw an interview with her conducted by Grandma’s Genes at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in June 2017. Hope we can work together in some way soon!
Warren James – Prairie History Librarian – Regina Public Library. Wayne is a librarian who is keen to promote the services of the library and especially the local history collection. https://www.reginalibrary.ca/services/prairie-history/resources
If you get a chance, do send a little HI! their way!