While checking out the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2009 Conference in the States Proposal Guidelines, I found the guideline for projection requirements rather interesting:
Type of projection—overhead, slide projector or digital projector (this is for scheduling purposes only). Overhead or slide projectors will be provided by NGS; speakers requiring digital projectors must provide their own.
I, personally, haven’t used an overhead or slide projector in many years. In the conferences I’ve attended recently, I don’t believe anyone has used a slide projector. I’ve seen an overhead projector used in a few instances, usually when the speaker used the overhead to write as s/he was speaking.
Admittedly, I haven’t attended an NGS conference or an FGS conference, so I can’t speak directly about the number of speakers who use slide projectors or overhead projectors. Nevertheless, in the past couple of yeats, I have attended many local, regional, and national genealogy conferences as well as several professional scientific conferences. Nearly all speakers used digital projectors.
Given that the technologies NGS provides – slide projectors and overhead projectors – are now approaching obsolescence, it’s odd that the NGS requires presenters to provide their own digital projectors.
Eventually, this too will change.
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