A Regional Family History Center

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This paper explores the planning of a regional Family History Center. Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and are run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This paper uses the situaiton in a mid-sized Canadian city as a test case. Despite these specifics, the same details found herein could be used in any other area where sufficient population exists for a regional center. The structure proposed is a standalone unit designed to consolidate and replace two smaller units housed as part of larger buildings.

A major problem with discussing planning for this structure is that very little has been written about. Most centers are simply fit into whatever space is available. The LDS Church has not published guidelines for these spaces nor is the microfilm reading room a topic of serious publication in general. Therefore, all the standards discussed below come from resources for general library planning. In the bibliography, however, there are several articles that showcase example microfilm standards or plans.

This project was originally prepared for LIS 587: Facilities Planning during the Fall 2006 semester at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta. The online posting was done to meet the requirements of LIS 600: Capping Exercise.

Please note: This project combines factual information and data with some non-factual information for forecasting and planning purposes.