Synopses & Reviews
This volume demonstrates how special collections librarians,archivists, and museum educators are teaching with primary sources. A group of these professionals, who are mainly based in the US,shares a toolkit of ideas for teaching archival intelligence skills in one class session, detailing both innovative ideas for traditionalprimary source analysis and exercises that move beyond the classic approach. These include using postcards, sound recordings and sheetmusic, objects, peer learning, diaries and memoirs, legal and financial records, photos, and debate, and engaging large groups,building analytical skills, printmaking, and preservation. Each details the learning objectives, audience (from elementary toundergraduate and graduate students), disciplines, collections, preparation, instructions, digital extensions, and adaptations.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Special collections librarians and archivists in academic settings are often confronted with the challenge of teaching classes outside their personal area of expertise, with very little notice or guidance--as the authors of this book can attest. Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises features 30 adaptable, hands-on exercises that special collections librarians, archivists, museum professionals, and teaching faculty can use in a multitude of instructional situations with K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and library school students.
The exercises teach lessons in both archival intelligence--such as building skills in using finding aids and locating primary sources--and artifactual literacy, such as building skills in interpretation and analysis of primary sources. Each exercise includes sections for audience, subject area, and materials used so that instructors can find customizable, easy-to-follow "recipes" to use regardless of personal experience and expertise. In addition, this consultable reference resource includes a bibliography of readings related to instruction in special collections, archives, and museum environments.