IAJGS Webinar System

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) offers a webinar system through GoToWebinar that all IAJGS members may use for free as a member benefit.

In addition, IAJGS would like to create a repository of recorded webinars, so please consider recording your lectures (see HERE for instructions) and sharing them in an IAJGS Webinar Library (for use only by member organizations). All credits and copyrights remain with the IAJGS member society and the lecturer (remember to ask the lecturer for permission before recording).

In order to see how this system works, view the small instructional video HERE. If you need more help with webinars visit the GoToWebinars support page HERE. You might want to share the video HERE with those who will be attending your webinar so they will know how to participate.

Check List for Setting Up Webinars

  1. Reserve the date and time for the webinar. (Only one webinar can be broadcast at a time). In order to do this, you must complete the Webinar Request Form.
  2. If the webinar involves a lecture at a venue, make sure that the venue has a good Internet connection. It is better to connect to the Internet using a cable if possible rather than WiFi. Also the computer at the venue must be connected to a projector and have a microphone and loudspeakers connected.
  3. Your organization’s webmaster or technical person must be in contact with someone in the IAJGS webinars technical group (write to webinars@iajgs.org) to fine tune technical details and receive the proper training if needed.
  4. The IAJGS webinar technical person assigned to the webinar must schedule a test with the person managing the presentation. This can be done at any time and date (except when another webinar is scheduled) before the actual presentation. Make sure that the test presentation is made using the same computer that will be used for the actual webinar, as it may be necessary to install small components, such as JavaScript, to enable the broadcast. The microphone and loudspeakers for the presentation computer must be tested as well. Please advise the lecturer that video clips do not work well in webinars.
  5. Your organization’s webmaster or technical person and the person managing the presentation will receive an email invitation to the webinar ahead of time and will be upgraded to “Presenter” status at the time of the lecture if needed.
  6. The presentation computer should connect to the webinar system at least 30 minutes before the lecture.
  7. The webinar must start at the publicized time and should not last more than 60 minutes including the Q&A.

Tips for a Presentation at a Venue

  1. What type of computer will be used for the presentation (Mac/Win)? If the computer is a Mac, you must have the appropriate adapter for connecting the computer to the projector. (Various Mac models use different adapters, so make sure that you have the right one.)
  2. The manager of the presentation and the lecturer should be at the venue 30 minutes before the lecture.
  3. Is there WiFi available or does the presentation computer have to connect with a cable?
  4. Is the Internet connection at the venue working?
  5. Who is the venue’s technical person, and how can he/she be contacted for help? Get the contact information.
  6. The lecturer should bring files (e.g., PowerPoint files) on a flash drive and/or place them in DropBox for possible transfer to a backup computer.

Go to the Webinar Request Form.


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