Our first peer-reviewed assignment for the ProGen Study Group was to write a draft of our mission statement. Since I am not currently looking to hire myself out for research, I thought that I would create a mission statement for the ThinkGenealogy site:
This week I received an e-mail announcing the grand opening of Barnes & Noble’s online magazine store. So the first thing I did was do a search for “genealogy” and my results came up empty:
Although this was disappointing, I see this as an opportunity for the various genealogy and family history magazines to contact Barnes & Noble and get their magazines listed. I am not sure what the trade-offs would be to have your magazine included on the Barnes & Noble site, but it might just be worth it for the extended exposure. The following print magazines come to mind that could be included on this site:
Each year in California a conference is held where the world’s greatest thinkers and doers present “ideas worth spreading.” The conference is called TED which stands for technology, entertainment, and design. What started in 1984 as a gathering place to explore these three converging fields has expanded its content to include science, business, the arts, and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, each of the 50 presenters gets 18 minutes to give the talk or performance of their lives. The results are fascinating, inspirational, ingenious, or just plain beautiful. Many of these talks are made available for free online at www.ted.com.
Does genealogy have anything like a TED conference?
On May 7th, I met with 5 other genealogists to discuss the book, Professional Genealogy: a Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. I am part of a study group that each month reads chapters from this book in preparation for an online discussion via instant messaging (IM) software. The discussion lasted for an hour and a half as we answered prepared questions for the two chapters that we read.