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  • Edited by Christopher J. Prom & Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe; featuring modules by Tamar Chute, Doris Malkmus, Sammie Morris, Ellen D. Swain, and Elizabeth Yakel

  • ONE BOOK, ONE PROFESSION 2016 selection

    Teaching With Primary Sources is part of the series Trends in Archives Practice. It includes three modules:

    • Module 9: Contextualizing Archival Literacy
      by Elizabeth Yakel and Doris Malkmus
      Examines the evolving theory of archival literacy in relation to domain knowledge, primary source literacy, and information literacy to facilitate meaningful use of archival and manuscript collections.
    • Module 10: Teaching With Archives - A Guide for Archivists, Librarians, and Educators
      by Sammie L. Morris, Tamar Chute, and Ellen Swain
      Provides practical guidance to archivists, librarians, and educators on teaching with archival materials, offering tips for beginners as well as seasoned instructors.
    • Module 11: Connecting Students and Primary Sources - Cases and Examples
      by Tamar Chute, Ellen Swain, and Sammie L. Morris
      Offers readers an analytical guide and example assignments for teaching with primary materials, based heavily on first-hand case study accounts and interviews with practitioners and experts in the field

    As Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe notes in the introduction, "These three modules present a wealth of resources for meeting the challenges of primary source literacy instruction. They can be read start-to-finish to build a foundation for practice. Or, they can be dipped into as needed by the busy educator who needs practical ideas or inspiration for that next instruction session."

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    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2016)
    Paperback: 216 pages
    Product Dimension: 6x9 inches
    Weight: 0.654 pounds
    ISBN: 1-931666-92-X

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Teaching With Primary Sources
  • “One of the biggest strengths of this illuminating user-centered volume is the eloquent and informative tone that exists throughout each section."
    NEA Newsletter 44:4 (2017)

    "From working with stakeholders to designing assignments to delivering instruction, these modules contain a wealth of useful advice.”
    Journal of Western Archives 8:1 (2017)

    “All of the authors are well known in their field and have extensive in-the-trenches knowledge of using primary sources for instruction, so their work in pulling all of this information together is extremely appreciated and highly valued."
    Archival Issues 38:2 (2017)

    ". . . local practitioners in small and large archives alike should find information on invigorating archival programs through use of sound teaching methodologies, standardisation, and collaboration across sectors well worth perusing."
    Archifacts (December 2016)

    ". . . an authoritative guide for archivists and librarians interested in instituting or expanding instructional activities in their organization. . . . a valuable introductory guide for burgeoning teachers of archival literacy."
    Provenance 34:2 (2016)

    "A strong point throughout all three modules is the argument that archivists should concentrate on the theme of archival literacy when involved in using primary sources in education projects."
    Archives and Records: The Journal of the UK Archives and Records Association 38:2 (2017)

    "While the academic archivist will benefit most directly from the authors’ advice, the book is written with the larger cultural heritage environment in mind and the authors’ solutions can be adapted to non-academic institutions."
    History News 74:1 (Winter 2019)