The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is hosting “The Virtual Society in Action” on Friday, December 11, 2009, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Attention Genealogical and Historical Societies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States
...and anyone with an interest in society activities for the twenty-first century and ways to use social networking tools to deliver service.
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and its Partners Program cordially invites you to attend the 2009 Pennsylvania Partnership Summit, “The Virtual Society,” an all-day program focused on ways societies can add to their Internet presence to increase society outreach. No matter whether you are active with a genealogical society or a group in another field, the program will address ways to better function in the electronic age. Sessions will address society activities and ways to use social networking tools to deliver service.
The morning program features David E. Rencher, chief genealogical officer of FamilySearch.org discussing Societies Going Virtual and Societies Going Virtual—An Update.“Societies Going Virtual”
Today’s genealogical societies must deal with the intense competition they are receiving from the Internet. The organizational focus of genealogical societies for the last 150 years will not allow them to survive in a virtual world. This session helps society officers and directors deal specifically with shifting their society into the twenty-first century.
“Societies Going Virtual — An Update”
A host of off-the-shelf products and services are available to manage your society. As “digital immigrants” most society officers are swimming in unfamiliar waters when it comes to using the latest technology. If you were all “digital natives” like your grandchildren, this would be simple! This session reinforces the learning from “Societies Going Virtual” and takes the strategy to the next level.
Following a buffet lunch, Tim Siftar, a Reference Librarian at Drexel University’s Hagerty Library, and Seth Horwitz of CommuniShare Consulting will address Getting Starting with Virtual Meetings and Service Delivery: Options and Best Practices. Between Internet growth and travel budget shrinkage, more and more society members are seeking research gratification on the Internet. Has your organization risen to the challenge of virtual collaboration and service delivery? Today’s virtual meeting options go from the shoestring to high definition. The speakers have used a variety of e-meeting, e-presentation and e-instruction platforms to help different types of organizations meet a range of needs. This session will present an entertaining overview of the issues that arise in selecting and running virtual meetings. You will leave the session with a sense of what your options are to move into virtual collaboration and service delivery for your organization.
Seth Horwitz is the principal of CommuniShare Consulting http://www.communishareconsulting.com, which helps non-profits enhance their online collaboration and knowledge management; and is an organizer of Philly NetSquared http://phillynet2.wordpress.com, which encourages the use of social technology for social good.
Tim Siftar, Reference Librarian at Drexel University, Goodwin College, Hagerty Library, is the subject specialist in the fields of education, information systems and library science, earning him the informal title of “meta-librarian.” Tim holds two masters degrees, in Library & Information Science and another in Information Systems.
Cost of the program is $40, including buffet lunch. Location is the Embassy Suites Hotel–Valley Forge, which is conveniently located adjacent to Route 202 between King of Prussia and Exton and just a few miles from the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76), Blue Route (Interstate 476), and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For more information, and to register, please consult the GSP web site, www.genpa.org.Registrations will be accepted until Monday, 7th December.