Good Evening from our GSG newsroom in Holland, MichiganToday is Monday, May 18, 2020.
And to begin our news today, I have more good news than bad. Lets start with the bad and get it over with.
1. I received notice that the Howard Miller Library and Community Center will remain closed now until 15 June 2020. If this extension is to be continued yet again, you will all be notified as soon as possible.
I participated in the Michigan Council meeting last week and all libraries, archives and places similar in nature are on a delayed opening. Details are being discussed as exactly how to open. Are check out and information desks to be encased in plexiglass? Is furniture to be moved? Are computer areas to be re-done with removal of some computers, rewiring of electrical stations, etc.? The number of patrons allowed in at one time? You see they are struggling and need our support as they work through whatever is the next set of directions and calendars are to be followed.
2. With this extended closure, our Basics and Beyond class scheduled for 6 June can not meet at the building. It isn’t looking hopeful for GSG on 27 June, but again, I will keep you posted.
BUT there is GOOD NEWS!!!!
1. Ancestry Library Edition that you have been able to access from home for the month of May has now been extended until 30 June!
So if you have been using this resource, you have another month to play!
2. The Genetic Detective show with CeCe Moore scheduled to air tomorrow 19 May has been rescheduled to Tuesday 26 May. The time I was told will be 10:00pm – 11:00pm on ABC.
3. My British Institute that was originally scheduled for Salt Lake City in October is now converted to a virtual event. If anyone is interested in Irish, English and Welsh research, please visit our website at http://www.isbgfh.com Click on British Institute for all the details. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get ahold of me.
4. I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!!! Some of you have had great finds during the I don’t have to go to work time off, and have texted, mailed me beautiful cards, emailed, and even called! Remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an email. When we all get together, I will share some of these items!
5. And now for the exciting news (and for me scary and nerve-racking!)
A few of you have contacted me and we have been discussing the possibility of having a ZOOM meeting! Now for those of you who have no clue as to what I am talking about…. Zoom is a video communications platform for groups to have meetings from the comfort of their own home. Basically, everyone will get a link to “sign up – it’s FREE” and download the program. It is extremely easy.
Then, when the time comes, I will send an invitation out to everyone. You basically click on that invitation link and it “should” take you right to the online meeting. Now if you have never used Zoom before, there are several of us who can help you on your first try before the meeting, and answer questions for you.
Since next weekend is already Memorial Day Holiday, we will schedule our first ZOOM meeting for 6 June at 10:00am Eastern. (for those of you snow birds not in the Eastern time zone who haven’t come back yet).
Now what will work best?
A desktop computer, if you have a camera, and speaker! Tablets also work. Smartphones also work. But the smaller the screen you have, the less you will be able to see everyone. I will set up the screen so that everyone’s face can be seen. Obviously, your computer monitor will be better, than your Smartphone. But we will get together either way!
I have the ability to mute everyone’s microphone, which helps when your furry friend decides to tell you that a squirrel is on the neighbors yard, or your grand child wants to know if it is raining in Holland (vs. Zeeland) so he can go to the beach, or your mom wanting to add to her grocery list. When the meeting starts, our trial team decided that it would be best if you raise your hand (in front of your camera) and when called on, unmute your microphone and tell us about what is going on or ask questions etc.
I know the first time will be “rough”… but please bear with us as we work through the new technology.
We are all missing each other and it has been far too long as it is.
Here is the link: https://zoom.us/about
The Sign Up, It’s Free is in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
So in the mean time, sign up on Zoom. If you are a first timer, email me and we can set up a practice zoom with you in advance. This gives us all 2 weeks to give you a trial run. Thanks to all the participants at our trial run Sunday to offer to assist others!
So that is about all the news I have this evening…. and as the ever wonderful Walter Cronkite said…
And That’s The Way It is, 18 May 2020
I’m Megan Heyl – Good Night!