Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Anne Bahde, Heather Smedberg, Mattie Taormina
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 161069435X
  • ISBN-13: 9781610694353
  • DDC: 001.4
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 190 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released December 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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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.



  • Anne Bahde
  • Heather Smedberg
  • Mattie Taormina