By Christina Kasman and Cynthia Becht
This year, we are proud to offer four exciting workshops on Tuesday, June 18 – the first day of the conference. Workshops are a great way to add a new skill to your professional toolbox. And, as a bonus, attendees get a chance to mingle with fellow conference attendees before attending the rest of the conference.
This year, we have two half day and two full-day workshops to choose from. As of this post, spots are available in all of them, but they are going fast. Workshops can also be added to pre-existing registrations and cost between $140 and $180.
Taught by Brooke Palmieri
Illuminate how media impacts the environment for your colleagues and students!
The purpose of this timely workshop is to teach participants how their physical and digital collections relate to the ecological conditions of the wider world. Working with key concepts in ecology, eco-criticism, and media theory, and through a case study activity, participants will learn how to use their collections to teach others to re-evaluate the media upon which human history is recorded and preserved, to understand how it impacts—and interacts with—the environment, since climate change threatens both earth and archive alike.
Taught by Cristina Dondi
Get your hands on some early printed books!
Material evidence in Incunabula (MEI) is an international database, freely accessible, specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books. MEI is hosted and maintained by the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL). MEI introduced an innovative approach to the recording of provenance: the application of geographical (GeoNames) and temporal indicators applied to every element of provenance, to track the movement of books over space and time during their 500 years of life. Now we are in the position to visualize the movement of thousands books, and to understand patterns and trends in the use and survival of early printed books. By integrating provenance data we are also reconstructing dispersed libraries and of course support the high-quality copy-specific cataloguing of every library with this kind of material.
* Taught at the George Peabody Library of Johns Hopkins University
Taught by Amy Tims and Brenna Bychowski
Talk to your cataloging colleagues like a pro!
The goal of this workshop is to provide an introduction to rare materials cataloging for special collections practitioners who never, or rarely, find themselves creating catalog records. It will provide an overview of the types of information that are included in catalog records and where that information comes from. Participants will learn about common standards used to describe printed materials and about MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging), the underpinning of many library catalogs. A concluding section will explore the history of cataloging practice and how that affects both contemporary practice and the array of records that practitioners are likely to find in their local catalogs and union catalogs, such as OCLC WorldCat.
Putting Guidelines into Practice: Using Backwards Design to Develop Outcomes and Activities from the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy
Taught by Jessica Holden, Sarah Horowitz, Marieke Van Der Stenhoven, and Christine Cheng
Understand primary source literacy guidelines backwards and forwards!
In this workshop participants will engage with the “Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy” to create meaningful learning experiences based on primary source materials. The workshop will offer hands-on experience with pedagogical concepts such as backwards design, active learning, and formative assessment. Throughout the day, participants will build a toolkit of practical teaching tools grounded in the “Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy” with a focus on challenging aspects of primary source literacy, including teaching unique and unfamiliar formats, creator intent and bias, and gaps and absences in materials and collections. Participants will engage in collaborative learning techniques and reflection, culminating in an opportunity to collaboratively develop an instruction session based on collections at participants’ home institutions. The workshop is aimed at those in academic, public, and special institutions with some teaching experience, but it is not an advanced workshop.
Each course offers education contact hours and a certificate is issued after attendance. Please join us for a workshop in Baltimore!