Primary Source Pedagogy

$175.00

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

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.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Course Description

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

Robin M. KatzRobin 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.

Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.

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