Link to January 4 Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette article, "Librarian tells how roots enrich".
Excerpt: It took unconventional and even idiosyncratic steps to make the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center the highly touted, prominent tourist destination it is today, according to the man who heads up the center.
And Curt Witcher says unconventional thinking will keep it that way.
During a lecture at the Allen County Historical Museum on Sunday, Witcher said that making hefty portions of genealogy collections free on the Web is actually good for tourism and that technology brings people to the library who otherwise would never have set foot in Fort Wayne.
All of which flies in the face of conventional thinking that says people won’t come to see something they can call up at home with their fingertips.