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ALA Annual 2017 Current Topics Discussion Forum

Saturday, June 24, 2017
4:30 pm to 4:30 pm

"Teaching from the Archives: Creating Student Centered Instruction with Archival Materials."

Discussion Conveners: Jill Borin, Reference Librarian & University Archivist, Widener University; and Molly M. Wolf, Reference Librarian & Sexuality Archivist, Widener University
June 24, 4:30-5:30 pm Central Time

There is an increased demand in higher education to foster students’ critical thinking skills. Research indicates that interacting with primary archival sources represents an effective method for helping students develop these critical thinking skills. This kind of instruction also encourages students to become independent learners. Information literacy instruction has at its foundation the development of critical thinking skills. In fact, the main goal of this instruction is to teach students how to critically analyze and evaluate information. This will then prepare them to more effectively navigate the information they encounter on their own in the future. As a result of their training in information literacy instruction, librarians Jill Borin and Molly Wolf realized the exciting potential that would result from incorporating archival materials and primary sources into a new approach to information literacy instruction at their institution. They recognized that this approach could help students improve both their critical thinking and information literacy skills.

The goal of this Current Issues Discussion Forum is to facilitate a dialog about using primary sources in information literacy instruction. Participants will share personal experiences and best practices, as well as begin to formulate standards for this type of instruction."

Please join us for a lively discussion on Saturday, June 24, 4:30-5:30 at the Hilton Chicago, Buckingham Room.