Primary Source Pedagogy
Instructor: Robin Katz
Dates: September 3rd through 28th, 2019
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
This course is for anyone who feels unprepared to teach well with primary sources, especially:
- archivists or special collections librarians new to instruction
- instruction librarians unfamiliar with primary source literacy
This course will explore what "primary source" even means. It also assumes that they can be found everywhere — in museums, archives, or special collections; in circulating collections or subscription databases; on the open web, in private hands, or even in natural and built environments. A key text for this course will be the new Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy.
Students who successfully complete this course will gain confidence in their teaching by:
- recognizing what skills and expertise they bring to primary source pedagogy
- developing new conceptual frameworks for understanding primary sources
- discovering useful, trusted resources for teaching with primary sources
- mastering concepts of instructional design and active learning
- applying practical strategies for planning and facilitating learning experiences in a wide variety of library settings
This course can be taken as one of the courses in our eight-course Certificate in Library Instruction, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Robin M. Katz is a librarian, archivist, and educator who works to connect people to primary sources in meaningful and innovative ways. She is currently the Primary Source Literacy Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, a position she crafted after serving on the joint task force that authored the new Primary Source Literacy Guidelines. She co-created TeachArchives.org based on a groundbreaking US Department of Education grant she led at Brooklyn Historical Society. She has spent over a decade in special collections public services after receiving her MLIS from Kent State University and her BA from Brandeis University.
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
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