The Primary Source Librarian

Dedicated to Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources

Learning the Culture of New Networks

| May 12, 2013

The real reason I have not written a blog post for months is that my work with the Library of Congress has taken over my “leisure” time. In other words, I flunked retirement. Nevertheless, when I took on the job of coordinating the beta test of a new learning network for teachers interested in using […]

What’s Wrong with Primary Sources?

| November 18, 2012

Last week at the request of one of my colleagues at the Library of Congress, I compiled a list of organizations and individuals who regularly tweet about primary sources. Just in case I had missed any, I searched Twitter for the keywords primary sources. Since I follow teachers and education organizations almost exclusively, I was surprised […]

Windmills or Wind Turbines? A Portuguese Metaphor

| June 18, 2012

Since I started a consulting job with the Library of Congress in late March, I’ve led a whirlwind life, complete with a previously planned two-week trip to Portugal and Spain, a two-day Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium meeting in Washington, a week-long Summer Teacher Institute at the Library of Congress, meetings, gallery openings, graduations, and […]

Three Blogs about Primary Sources

| November 15, 2011

I want to pass on three blogs that I regularly read for their teaching ideas and valuable links to primary sources. I hope you’ll add these to your own RSS feeds. Just look for this RSS icon to subscribe: Teaching with The Library of Congress This is a relatively new blog written by Library of […]

Putting Students at the Center of QR Code Learning

| October 5, 2011

Something has been bothering me about QR codes. When teachers first learn about QR codes, they immediately start thinking of all the ways they can use them to make learning more exciting. Their minds race ahead to projects with QR codes, scavenger hunts with QR codes, QR codes that introduce students to new concepts, and […]

Catching Up…Again

| September 14, 2011

So often I think that I have to write something profound in my Primary Source Librarian posts that I simply decide not to write anything at all. I suspect that’s a challenge for many bloggers. So today I’m just going to catch up on a few of my summer workshop activities. Maybe that will help […]

Finding My Twitter Voice

| January 22, 2011

About a year ago, with encouragement from my friend Nancy White (@nancyw), I began to use Twitter. One year later, I agree with Nancy 100% that it has become my professional development tool of choice. The 500 or so educators I follow on Twitter supply me with endless links to thought-provoking education-related articles, blog posts, […]

Passing Strange: A Story of Primary Sources

| September 20, 2010

I depend a lot upon New York Times book reviews when selecting books to add to my “I wish I had the time to read” pile. Between listening to my growing collection of books on my iPod while working out at the Y and reading about 1/5 of the books I put on hold […]

Evaluating Eyewitness Reports

| August 21, 2010

When I give workshops on teaching with primary sources, I always ask participants to define the term primary source and to give examples. Participants always offer “eyewitness reports” as an example. It stands to reason, then, that the ability to analyze eyewitness reports for point of view, accuracy, and context is an essential primary source […]

Back in the Primary Source Librarian Blog Business

| August 9, 2010

Time passes swiftly when you’re NOT writing a blog. Apparently I needed a longer vacation from blogging than I predicted back in January. What have I been doing? Well… Two trips to Europe–Sicily in April and Brittany (northwest France) in June. I continued my Italian studies and brushed up on my once fluent French. Hours […]