26 June 2014

Bill Forsyth from ProQuest wins Distinguished Industry Achievement Award at ALA Conference

It's wonderful to see a major award given to someone with a connection to the genealogy industry. It's even better when that someone is a person you know and respect.

The first paragraph of today's press release about this says: "ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA), a Division of the American Library Association, announced William (Bill) Forsyth, director of product management for ProQuest, is the recipient of the Genealogical Publishing Company award. The award, $1,500 and a citation donated by the Genealogical Publishing Company and sponsored by the History Section of RUSA, was created in 1992 to encourage, recognize and commend professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship. Mr. Forsyth's outstanding contributions to the field sustain the importance of genealogy in historical research. He is a widely recognized expert in genealogy and a frequent speaker. Mr. Forsyth is an active member of RUSA, completing a two-year term as Chair of the Local History Committee and will begin a new term as a member of the Genealogy Committee. He also serves on the Records Preservation and Access Committee and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists."

Bill is a great supporter of many efforts in the field of genealogy. He is THE person with whom the Federation of Genealogical Societies works to put on Librarians' Day at the annual FGS Conferences. His employer, ProQuest, sponsors the Librarians' Day. He is a joy to work with and as a former FGS conference co-chair, I know how important the day is and how easy he is to work with.

For more about the 2014 Librarians' Day visit that page on the FGS Conference website. All librarians are welcome and it's a great place to meet many others from across the nation. https://www.fgsconference.org/program/librarians-day/

To read the full press release click here.

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