We consider archival instruction to be some of our most important work here in the University Archives. Primary source literacy can help students think critically about where information comes from and engage deeply with original sources for their research.
A few months ago, we shared some of the recent highlights of our archival instruction program, from engineering to sports medicine. Now it’s time to share another exciting advancement: In Fall 2016, for the first time, the Archives Instruction Room will be offered as part of the library’s Semester Course Use Award program.
The Semester Course Use Awards give faculty the unique opportunity to make use of the library’s new high-tech instruction spaces for an entire semester. Faculty must submit an application demonstrating how the available resources will be used to enhance their instructional goals. The Archives Instruction Room on the 5th floor of the library offers the unique opportunity to do the same with the university’s archival resources. Faculty are encouraged to collaborate with the archivists to integrate hands-on primary source learning into their course throughout the semester.
In addition to providing access to the one-of-a-kind materials housed in Archives and Special Collections, the Archives Instruction Room features a 70″ touchscreen display with annotation software and an ELMO-style document camera to better share manuscripts, historical photographs, and rare books in a group setting.
We are so excited about this opportunity to more deeply engage faculty and students with the benefits of hands-on primary source learning, and with the great collections that are available in the University Archives. The deadline to submit Semester Course Use Award proposals for Fall 2016 is April 22. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about how the Archives Instruction Room could be used for your class!