SLAM! Idea Showcase

Date: Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. EDT

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The SLAM! Idea Showcase is just one of several new components of the week-long virtual NGS Family History Conference, 17−21 May 2021. The showcase will highlight creative and innovative projects or programs by societies, libraries, archives, and museums (SLAMs). The program will also include presentations that assist librarians and others who serve genealogists. You are automatically registered for this free event when you register for NGS 2021 Live! If you are not planning to attend NGS 2021 Live!, you will need to register for SLAM! Sign up for the SLAM! Idea Showcase Blog for event updates.


  • To share information about creative and innovative projects, resources, and practices with others.
  • To promote collaboration, networking, and collegiality among information providers.
  • To provide a format in which individuals and organizations can learn from one another.

Who should attend?

  • Information providers (genealogical society members, volunteers, information professionals) who serve genealogical researchers or the genealogical research community.
  • Individuals and organizations looking for ideas and fresh approaches in serving their research constituencies.

About the SLAM! Idea Showcase event

The SLAM! Idea Showcase will be broadcast virtually on Tuesday, May 18. The event will consist of:

  • The SLAM! Idea Showcase Spotlight—a main-stage.
  • Video poster sessions presented live by award winners and honorable mentions.
  • Virtual poster sessions—attendees will be able to view recordings of poster sessions, download handouts, and chat with individual poster session presenters.
  • The SLAM! Idea Showcase Spotlight will be recorded and, along with individual poster session recordings, be available for viewing on the NGS website.

Recommendations from the SLAM! Idea Showcase Committee

“The SLAM Idea Showcase is a great new opportunity for information providers to share programs and projects that have benefitted genealogy researchers. I’m excited to discover what my colleagues have been up to, and I look forward to applying their insights to helping patrons at my library.” -Matt Rutherford

“Here’s a fresh opportunity to open new horizons to the geni world: NGS will host our very first SLAM! Idea Showcase in May to highlight the initiatives of genealogy organizations. I, for one, am eager to learn about the newest genealogical resources, programs, and features genealogy organizations are producing. I hope you’ll join in the spirit of collegiality through this unique forum for exchanging ideas and collaborating with others. Yes, judges will choose 3 winners who will receive small monetary awards, but much more important is the opportunity for your efforts to be honored and publicized. Remember, this is open to all non-profit genealogical organizations–you don’t have to be a member of NGS to enter. So don’t wait–we can’t recognize you if you don’t enter!” -Sharon Cook MacInnes

“I’m looking forward to the debut of the SLAM Idea Showcase at the 2021 NGS Virtual Conference. I think that seeing all these original ideas, projects, and programs – firsthand from professionals in the field – and having the ability to connect with and exchange and collaborate with the professionals behind the ideas – will lead to some exciting opportunities for us to recycle and repurpose their original ideas at my Library.” -Jacob Eubanks