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Life & Times of a Local History & Genealogy Librarian

Russ Pollitt, Genealogy Subject Specialist at Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Local History & Genealogy (LHG) Division, will present a program about the daily activities associated with his role.

We will learn about the work LHG does behind the scenes, such as acquisitions of special collections, preparation and maintenance of collections, collaboration with other entities, and community involvement. We will also learn more about LHG’s users, including who they are, how LHG can serve them, and what resources they have available.

Time permitting, we will tour the Local History & Genealogy division, including the Digital Lab and a demonstration of how to get researchers started on doing their family history from a librarian’s point of view.

In the past, Russ has worked in both academic and public libraries. He serves on the boards of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Palatines to America Society-Ohio Chapter, and the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society, and is also a member of the Ohio History Connection and the Columbus Historical Society. Russ has a B.S. in History & Psychology from Wilmington College of Ohio and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State. He has written articles for several genealogical publications.

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017

6:30-7:00 PM Snacks & Networking

7:00- 8:30 PM Program

WHERE: Columbus Metropolitan Library

96 S. Grant Ave.

Columbus, OH 43215

Local History & Genealogy Division, 3rd floor

Register here

We’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” to the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Local History and Genealogy department’s Russ Pollitt, the Genealogy Subject Specialist. Attendees actively participated and asked great library-specific questions, from the diversity of CML’s local history resources to metadata standards of the collection. We were even lucky enough to see the nation’s largest scanner of it’s type which scans so precisely, the images are able to pick up details the human eye cannot. Russ was clearly knowledgeable about the work he does with an invigorating passion. Thanks again!

The CML Local History and Genealogy department is located at the Main Branch at 96 South Grant Avenue. If you would like to visit the LHG’s digital collection, visit , or their online resources here: 

(image courtesy of Cbus Libraries)