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Reintroducing the Library of Congress to Teachers

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Teachers study historic maps in a Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute
Teachers study historic maps in a Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

As teachers and librarians return to their schools and prepare for a new year, we’d like to take the opportunity to reintroduce ourselves, and to remind you of all that the Library offers to teachers. The primary sources teachers need, all for free. The Library of Congress is not only a great library–it’s also one of the world’s richest destinations for educators seeking primary sources. The Library’s online collections contain more than 30 million digitized historical artifacts and documents, spanning centuries of human history and crossing all disciplines. They’re all available to everyone for free, with no subscription and no login, at Teacher tools and professional development supporting the use of primary sources. Primary sources have a unique educational power. When used effectively, they can engage students, build their critical thinking skills, and support them as they construct new knowledge. The Library’s Web site for teachers offers ready-made lesson plans, primary source sets, and primary source analysis tools, as well as online professional development and information on our summer teacher programs.

The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog: Every week, our blog highlights powerful primary sources from the Library’s collections and showcases new tools and teaching strategies. Search our archive for a trove of posts exploring different aspects of teaching with primary sources, from selection to observation and analysis.

@TeachingLC: The Library’s Twitter feed for educators brings you timely primary sources and teaching ideas, as well as the latest news about our programs and activities. Follow us and tweet at us–we love to hear about ways we can help.

This school year is going to be an exciting one for the Library, as we expand our science offerings, launch Civil War and Civil Rights resources, add new functionality to our online collections, and branch out into new forms of online professional development. Watch our social media channels for the latest, and we look forward to hearing from you.





Comments (2)

  1. Looking forward to all of the great information, resources, and tools that you will be sharing this year!

  2. I think it would be very beneficial to have a breakdown of the various pages that are most meaningful to the different levels of schooling (elementary, middle, and high school) so that teachers new to LOC could easily access those resources/sites quickly to begin to understand the richness of the Library.

    Thank you again for all that you do!


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