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W09: The Power of Primary Sources: Integrating Archives into the Critical Information Literacy Classroom
Wednesday, 26/Sep/2018:
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Session Chair: Rebecca Kate Miller
Location: Nukuttaja-Näyhä

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The Power of Primary Sources: Integrating Archives into the Critical Information Literacy Classroom

Julie M. Porterfield, Rebecca K. Miller

Penn State University Libraries, PA, USA

Critical information literacy offers an opportunity for information literacy practitioners to empower learners to consume and create information in meaningful and civically engaged ways. Information literacy practitioners from institutions with archival, rare books, and manuscript collections can utilize these collections to teach critical information literacy with compelling and engaging strategies. This workshop explains the alignment between primary sources and critical information literacy, and demonstrates how to use primary sources, such as photos, diaries, political propaganda, and correspondence, effectively in a lesson by engaging participants in a mock critical information literacy session developed around primary sources. Presenters will guide participants through integrating primary sources, including civil rights pamphlets, American suffragist literature, and peace movement publications, into their own critical information literacy lesson plans. Ultimately, the presenters endeavor to help participants renew and extend a personal or institutional commitment to diversity and social justice through practicing critical information literacy instruction and leveraging primary sources.

Specifically, this workshop centers around the learning outcomes identified below; in other words, after this workshop, participants will be able to:

recognize the pedagogical potential of primary resources in archives and special collections in order to integrate new elements of social justice, diversity, and inclusion into critical information literacy classrooms.

identify critical information literacy concepts relevant to teaching with archives and special collections in order to effectively use primary resources as teaching tools.

design their own critical information literacy lesson plan in order to be able to transfer their new knowledge to their home institution and individual professional practice.

The target audience for this workshop includes information literacy practitioners looking for new and impactful ways to implement elements of critical librarianship into their practice and into their teaching and learning programs, as well as practitioners already interested in integrating critical pedagogy and primary sources, including those elements housed at their own institution and openly available online. This workshop will require an overhead projector, a computer for a PowerPoint slideshow, and an internet connection. We understand that workshop lengths will be negotiated with conference organizers, and we believe that 90 minutes is an appropriate length for ensuring that the workshop actively engages learners and meets our defined learning outcomes.

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