IFLA’s Local History and Genealogy Section, in collaboration with KU Leuven Libraries, is pleased to invite you to take part in our free satellite meeting “Innovative approaches in engaging people with local history and genealogy” on 17-18 August in Leuven, Belgium. 

As an element and vector of identity and reinforcing a sense of belonging, local history is a valuable factor for empowering local communities and enabling vulnerable groups to participate fully in social and cultural life. Local history and genealogy collections are also valuable resources for teaching and learning in innovative ways and engaging youth with local history and heritage. Storytelling the local history in an impactful way also proves to be essential in engaging diverse categories of people and communities.

In line with key topics of the the WLIC 2023 like digital knowledge and innovation, development of digital skills, and free access to culture, the satellite meeting highlights various ways in which people can engage with local history and genealogy materials.

On-site registration is limited, so we are also going to broadcast this meeting via Zoom.



Day One, 17th August 2023

9:00    Registration. Coffee/Tea

9:30    Session 1

Moderator, Cherie Bush, FamilySearch, USA

Cherie Bush, Local History and Genealogy Section Chair, FamilySearch, USA

Prof. Hilde Van Kiel, Director of KU Leuven Libraries
KU Leuven Libraries in challenging times – Activities and Projects

Marie Cappart, MyHeritage, Belgium
Together is stronger: How to become better actors in the genealogical world?

Cristina Roiu, Romanian Academy Library, Romania
Introducing the Digital Storytelling Workshop (part 1)
Digital Storytelling with Europeana and HUMAP, Brainstorming session

Memories Blackboard: Stories from my home (all participants)

11:15     Coffee Break

11:35    Session 2

Moderator, Cristina Roiu, Romanian Academy Library, Romania

Anna Krahmer, University of North Texas, USA; William Scarborough, PhD, University of North Texas, USA; Sarah Lynn Fisher, University of North Texas, USA
Using Digitised Historical Newspapers to Engage Sociology Students in Local History

Cristina Roiu, Romanian Academy Library, Romania
Digital Storytelling Workshop (part 2)
Brainstorming session & team work

Patrick Urru, Italian Provincial Library ”Claudia Augusta,” Italy 
Local History in the Library: Listening to South Tyrolean Stories

Memories Blackboard: Stories from my home (all participants) 

13:00    Lunch break on your own.

14:30   Session 3

Moderator, Maja Markhouss, Boxholms Kommun, Sweden

Steve Ching, Run Run Shaw Library, Hong Kong; Richard Wong, Lighthouse Heritage Research Connections, City University of Hong Kong, China Using digital storytelling with local history: Waglan Island Lighthouse and Father of Fishermen in Hong Kong

Gaetan Boisson, National University of Singapore, Singapore 
Revealing the Bukit Brown cemetery underground artefacts 

Carlos Alberto Della Pashoa and Elisete de Sousa Melo. Instituto Cervantes de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
Preservation of Hispanic Memory in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil: The Local Collection of the Nelida Pinon Library of the Instituto Cervantes

Janet Curtiss, St. Clair County Library System, Port Huron, USA 
Buried in the Archives 

Memories Blackboard : Stories from my home (all participants)

16:30    Tour of Leuven. (free, requires registration)

Day 2, 18th August 2023

9:00    Coffee/Tea

9:30    Session 4

Moderator, Jennifer Brannock, The University of Southern Mississippi, USA

Takashi Nagatsuka, Tsurumi University, Japan. 
An Openness of Municipal Digital PR Magazines as a Local History Material 

Jingzhu Wei and Tongrui Zhang, Sun Yat-sen University, China 
Cultural Crowdfunding: A New Approach to Engage individuals in Local History Appreciation and Creation

Elvira Basibas Lapuz, Eunice Ann Yutuc Chua, A.B. Gideon Nallonar de Castro, University library of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines 
Getting in touch with the past and the present: Marketing the Filipiniana Collection of the Philippine LAMs through a Filipinized visual identity guide 

10:30    Coffee/Tea and KU Leuven Library Tour (€10, requires registration)

12:00   Session 5

Moderator, Cristina Roiu, Romanian Academy Library, Romania

Jennifer Brannock, University of Southern Mississippi, USA 
Cookbooks as Local History and Genealogy Source

Cecilia Lizama Salvatore, Dominican University in River Forest, USA
Engaging community and technology in ensuring diverse local history collections

Cristina Roiu, Romanian Academy Library, Romania
Digital Storytelling Workshop (part 3)

Memories Blackboard : Stories from my home – Gallery view

13.30  Wrap up and Conclusions


KU Leuven Libraries – University Library
Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21
3000 Leuven


If you have questions, contact the event organizer Cristina Roiu at [email protected] or planning committee members Maja Markhouss at [email protected], Jennifer Brannock at [email protected], or Dragan Milosevic at [email protected].