November 15, 2016 9:00am — 3:00pm

Encountering Primary Sources: Teaching, Learning, & Critical Thinking
Member Workshop

Today, a seemingly infinite number of digitized primary sources are freely available to students and educators, making primary source literacy more important—and, paradoxically, more elusive—than ever. Please join Chicago Collections and the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at DePaul University for an interactive workshop exploring ways to educate users of all ages on the effective use of primary sources.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Consider the importance of primary source literacy and its connection to other 21st-century literacies and skills.
  • Explore methods for promoting primary source literacy, including locating, accessing, interpreting, evaluating, and using sources.
  • Examine issues of power and privilege in the collection and arrangement of primary source materials.
  • Probe the digitized primary sources available through the Library of Congress and EXPLORE Chicago Collections.
  • Discuss methods for translating these methods into learning outcomes for students and educators.

This event is open to all librarians, archivists, and museum educators who employ primary sources in their teaching, or work with those who do, and may be of special interest to education librarians, public librarians, special collections librarians, and archivists. It will take place on Tuesday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DePaul University's Richardson Library (2350 N Kenmore Ave), and is provided completely free of charge to staff at Chicago Collections Members.


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