29 April 2012

Yesterday's Branch Meeting

Yesterday, Ottawa Branch OGS made their second webcast from the City of Ottawa Central Archives. Susan Davis spoke on Social Media and Genealogy. There were 24 people on hand to hear her presentation and we were joined by six others via Live Meeting. The distant members came from as far away as Hamilton and Pickering but were able to attend the meeting, almost as if they were in the room. Almosst, as due to some technical issues with the sound system that kept dropping out, the distant members missed some of Susan’s words. However, they expressed their appreciation for the ability to join their fellow Branch members from the comfort of their own homes. But the distant members do miss out on the juice and cookies :-)

The Branch will work on resolving the audio issues for the next meeting. Both the equipment and technology are new to the Branch volunteers and we all know of the gremlins that lurk in complicated apparatus. In technical terms…Stuff Happens.

Live Meeting has been provided to the Ontario Genealogical Society through our association with the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and has been used by Ottawa Branch since January to conduct the monthly Board meetings. Board members who are on a tight schedule or unable to make it to the physical meeting are now able to participate from home. As a result, we now have a board member who lives out of town but is still able to contribute.

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