The Primary Source Librarian

Dedicated to Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources

Web 2.0 Playground

| March 1, 2008

Yes, this blog is called “The Primary Source Librarian,” and “Web 2.0” is not exactly about primary sources. However, since I’m especially interested in how to use primary sources with some of the new Web 2.0 tools, I’m declaring it relevant. Yesterday I spent a most enjoyable three hours with nine other people at a […]

Pursuing Evidence from Historic Newspapers

| February 11, 2008

To prepare for my recent presentation on the 1908 national Democratic convention in Denver as seen through historic newspapers, I quickly found myself happily wandering through Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection. Honestly, old newspapers really can be a source of delight and amazement. In just eight months, Denver built a brand new auditorium to attract the […]

Observations from a Teaching with Primary Sources Conference

| February 3, 2008

Over the past two days I attended and presented at the fourth annual Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) “Librarian Days 2008″on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. About one hundred forty educators from across Colorado – mostly school library media specialists and classroom teachers, with a number of technology coordinators in the mix – came […]

Gifts to the Nation

| December 12, 2007

I just “attended” another free interactive webcast from the Library of Congress, and I’d like to share some of my favorite primary sources from the session. Every month a team of Library of Congress reference librarians gathers at the OPAL auditorium to present a program to interested librarians, historians, and the general public. I always […]

Primary Source Enthusiasts

| October 7, 2007

Several weeks ago, I met a history professor from Colorado College who told me, “I meet a lot of people, but it’s not very often that I meet a primary source enthusiast.” I felt an instant bond. Even in workshops that I conduct on how to teach with primary sources in the classroom, I can […]

21st Century Learning Navigator Conference

| June 27, 2007

Over the past two days I attended a “Navigator Conference” put on by the Council on 21st Century Learning. Colorado is just one of the states that has taken the work of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a starting point to create a state vision for teaching the 21st century learner. I am […]

OPAL Features Walt Whitman Program

| April 12, 2007

I’m so excited that I’ll be able to “attend” the next OPAL Show (see my March 22, 2007 post) next Wednesday, April 18 (2 p.m. eastern time so I’ll log on a little before noon in Colorado) on one of my favorite topics: Walt Whitman. The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of Walt […]

The Accidental Map Librarian

| March 31, 2007

Last week I attended an excellent day-long workshop called “The Accidental Map Librarian” in Boulder, Colorado. The Center for British and Irish Studies on the fifth floor of the University of Colorado Norlin Library where the workshop took place seemed a fitting, elegant space for a map workshop. The presenters were young, energetic, and knowledgeable […]

The OPAL Show

| March 22, 2007

Once a month, the Library of Congress offers a one-hour online experience that is well worth your time. They call on a subject area expert who gathers goodies from Library of Congress collections and beyond, and then a small team leads participants through an exploration of the selections. They use a software called OPAL, short […]

Educating the Digital Learner Conference

| February 25, 2007

This has been a day of reflection as I sort through handouts and speaker notes from the third annual Librarian Days conference at Metropolitan State College of Denver held February 23-24. The conference theme was “Educating the Digital Learner: 21st Century Learning, Literacy & Thinking.” The folks at An Adventure of the American Mind – […]