Thursday, October 25, 2012

“Making It Primary”

Dartmouth College Archivist Peter Carini spoke last week to UK Libraries faculty and staff as well as faculty across campus about the importance of using primary sources in information literacy and teaching in the undergraduate curriculum.  Carini’s talk, “Making It Primary: Integrating Special Collections into the Curriculum,” modeled an active learning exercise during which he demonstrated how research and critical thinking skills can be enhanced through hands-on experience with primary sources. 

Carini also discussed the development of the special collections teaching program at Dartmouth which currently provides 90 class sessions each year utilizing primary sources.  Caini’s visit underscores the value of the current primary source teaching that is done in UK Special Collections and emphasized to the campus community the impact primary sources can make in undergraduate research and teaching.  

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