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Get the Most Out of LVA Trainings

Starting in August 2022, you can join your colleagues on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 1-1:30 pm to find out how to get the most out of the wide range of resources available from the Library of Virginia. Each session will look at best practices for using part of the LVA collections (both physical and digital) to support your users. It is a great opportunity to get more familiar with all the great LVA resources available to you and your users. Links to the recordings of the sessions in the LVA Niche Academy Staff Academy will be available here following the sessions.

Maps at LVA

  • Where is the map? Join Cassandra Farrell, Senior Map Archivist, to learn how to search the Library of Virginia’s catalog for maps, how to “read” a map catalog record, and where to find the LVA’s digital map collections. Find out how maps do more than just get us from place A to place B, by expanding our understanding of places and of people.
  • When: Aug 9, 2022 1:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Watch the Maps session in Niche Academy (you will need to register with your library email address if you do not have an account).

Genealogy Resources          

  • The Library of Virginia is the state’s oldest institution dedicated to the preservation of Virginia’s history and culture. Our collections contain more than 130 million items, documents and illustrate the lives of both famous Virginians and ordinary citizens. LVA Community Outreach Specialist Ashley Ramey will highlight the genealogical resources available at the Library of Virginia and the resources that can be accessed remotely.
  • When: 8/23/22, 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcuqgrT4uHdKnKnv_kVV0TX4euDMzFSKm
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Document Bank of VA  

  • Interested in primary historical sources from the Library of Virginia? Document Bank of Virginia is a collection of sources that can be browsed by a specific historic era, by theme, or using a simple search. Document Bank provides historical context along with suggested questions, teaching students to be critical thinkers as they analyze original documents and draw their own conclusions about Virginia’s past. Join Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt, Education & Outreach Manager, to explore Document Bank and other online educational resources available on edu.lva.virginia.gov.
  • When: Sep 13, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qf-ypqTwiHtSf0bmUH7mg-K8Mizv_EH18
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

LVA Prints and Photograph Collection

  • Prints and Photographs Collection Specialist Dana Angell will provide an overview of the Visual Studies Collection at the Library of Virginia and guide you on how to search for visual materials through the LVA catalog and Virginia Memory. She will also share about the collections currently not digitized and how to request help researching them.
  • When: Sep 27, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIof-6pqjMtHNDtpTLTpqrl8YM6CE2Xsa5-
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Virginia Chronicle

  • Join the staff of the Virginia Newspaper Project (VNP) who will demonstrate how to use Virginia Chronicle, the Library of Virginia’s freely accessible database of historical, digitized Virginia newspapers. Learn basic and advanced searching techniques, discover how to find newspapers by title, date, or place of publication and learn about text correction. The VNP will also provide an update on recently added titles and titles soon to be added to Virginia Chronicle, so you can discover not only what’s currently available, but what’s to come. This session will briefly cover how to access additional online newspaper resources offered by the Library of Virginia, such as Proquest Historical Newspapers, Newspaper Archive, and Newspapers.com, and will include an update on the VNP’s exciting partnership with Newspapers.com that is providing an ever increasing number of titles to patrons.
  • When: Oct 11, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdeqrrz0sEtf4gBe1gCOS0_tZiiXNgHUo
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Census Research at LVA

  • Join John Deal, Ph.D., Historian at the Library of Virginia, to learn about the decennial United States census. Using the Library of Virginia’s Ancestry subscription and research guides, Dr. Deal will provide tips on finding ancestors and illustrate how the census is more than just counting people!
  • When: Oct 25, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqcOGurzoiG9AkfW8nPxSBHMv_PsoB2P_X
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Transcription Projects at LVA

  • Join Sonya Coleman, LVA’s Digital Engagement and Social Media Coordinator, to learn more about the Library’s ongoing Making History crowdsourcing program which enables volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. This can develop volunteers’ computer skills, ability to read cursive handwriting, and contextual knowledge while simultaneously improving LVA collections for all users by providing a searchable transcript of each document. Making History is supported by ongoing events and outreach. Host a transcribe-a-thon at your library!
  • When: Nov 15, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlce-qrTIjEtKu55P2g-cjVD6aTperMVNw
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

LVA Chancery Records Project

  • Chancery causes, a type of court case, contain a great deal of valuable historical and genealogical information that can aid many types of researchers. The Library of Virginia Chancery Records Index is an on-going digital project dedicated to providing access to these invaluable local government records. Vince Brooks, Senior Local Records Archivist, will give an overview of chancery causes, discuss their research value, and provide a demonstration on using the index.
  • When: Nov 22, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsceCvpjopHNw4ikjiL5l-xLuxAWP2SZ8H
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

LVA Research Guides & Indexes

  • Built on the LibGuides platform, the Library of Virginia’s research guides and indexes provide user-friendly introductions to the library’s collections. Becky Schneider, Senior Reference Librarian, will explore the topics covered by these research guides, from family history to newspaper research to Virginia government, and how researchers can use them to explore the library’s in-house and digital collections.
  • When: Dec 6, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwoceuhqz4vH9c4LZxYvMGREQV-viT3uYtu
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Virginia Untold

  • Virginia Untold is a digital project which facilitates access to records documenting enslaved and free Black people in the Library of Virginia’s collections pre-1866. Project Manager Lydia Neuroth will provide an overview of this resource and project updates that include various outreach initiatives. She will demonstrate how to search for records within the database and describe document types that can be found and how they can be utilized to research ancestors and people of the past.
  • When: Dec 20, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAocuqspjsoHdHlYRXQEBoW08-1riGHu2Pw
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

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