Free Teacher Webinar, Thursday January 21: Primary Sources & Novice Researchers–Entry Points and Interplay

This post was written by Tom Bober, the Library of Congress 2015-16 Audio-Visual Teacher in Residence.

When students are learning research skills and the research process, there is often a focus on secondary sources, both print and online. As a librarian, I work with students and teachers, and I’ve found that including primary sources in research not only provides a unique opportunity to construct knowledge, but also engages students, driving their research forward.

Join us for this one-hour webinar, January 21st at 4pm EST to explore how primary sources can play a key role in learning research skills. This webinar will illustrate areas in an inquiry research process where primary sources can play a key role as well as how primary sources interplay with each other and with secondary sources to afffect student learning.

If you can’t participate in the webinar, you can view a recording which will be available shortly after the session. Recordings of past events, information on future webinars, and information about joining the webinar are available here.

Welcoming Gene Luen Yang as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

On Monday, January 4th, the Library of Congress announced Gene Luen Yang as the 2016-17 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The position raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.

Exploring America’s Cinematic Heritage through the National Film Registry

On December 16, Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced the addition of 25 films to the National Film Registry, showcasing the richness and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation. The films selected for the Registry are deemed to be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Helping Students Read Between the Lines: Identifying Bias and Attitude in Newspapers for the Presidential Election of 1912

In the November/December 2015 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article focused on analyzing newspapers from the presidential election of 1912, an unusual contest at an unusual time.

Primary Sources in Science Classrooms: We’ll See You at the NSTA Conference in Philadelphia

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is hosting an Area Conference in Philadelphia November 12-14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Educational staff from the Library of Congress will facilitate a workshop on Thursday called “Science as a Human Endeavor: Analyzing Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress.”