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Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources. Chandos Information Professional Series

  • ID: 2719587
  • Book
  • June 2011
  • Elsevier Science and Technology

Aimed at professional librarians and archivists, this book explores connecting students and faculty with the archival and digital collections of the university's library and archives. Academic research has been forever changed by the digitization of books, journals, and archival collections. As university libraries and archives move forward in the digital era, it is essential to assess the research needs of users and develop innovative methods to demonstrate the value of collections and services. This book provides librarians and archivists with the tools to develop a robust workshop program aimed at connecting students with archival and digital collections.

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List of figures

About the authors

Introduction: what is an archive?

Defining archival records and processing

Growing challenges with digital resources

Chapter 1: Building the foundation: connections between archivists and library staff


Staff engagement and training

Chapter 2: Faculty outreach


Challenges to connecting with faculty

An opportunity for promotion and relationship building

Strategies for success in launching the workshop series to faculty

Building for the future

Chapter 3: Introducing students to library and archival resources


Understanding today's students

Challenging student assumptions

Chapter 4: Resources


Ad*Access and AdViews

Adam Matthew Digital (subscription)

Archives Canada (free)

ARTstor Digital Library (subscription)

The British Library: Turning the PagesT (free)

Canadiana.ca/Early Canadiana Online (ECO) (hybrid

Centre for Research Libraries (CRL) (subscription)

Chronicling America
Historic American Newspapers (free)

Documenting the American South (free)

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (subscription)

Google Books (free)

Internet Archive (free)

Mountain West Digital Library (free)

New York Public Library Digital Gallery (free)

Niels Bohr Library and Archives
Center for History of Physics (free)

OAIster® (free)

Project Muse (subscription)

The Times Digital Archive (subscription)

Chapter 5: Delivering the workshops


Lesson planning

Team teaching

Sharing enthusiasm

Discovery learning

Chapter 6: Developing relevant assignments


Chapter 7: Assessment and ongoing learning


Assessing instruction

Ongoing learning

Epilogue: making connections, building relationships

Appendix A: sample letters

Appendix B: lesson plans

Appendix C: excerpt from Library News

Appendix D: roster of potential survey questions



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Justine Cotton
Justine Cotton is a Liaison Librarian at Brock University, with responsibilities for Communication, Popular Culture, Film, and English Literature. In addition, she is responsible for promoting library services and collections on campus. She has published and presented on library instruction and collection development.
David Sharron Brock University, Canada.

David Sharron is the head of the Special Collections and Archives at the Brock University Library. He has worked in archival repositories at the federal, municipal and post-secondary levels and is a certified archivist. He has undertaken several digitization projects and has worked with students on discovering and utilizing primary resources found online and on site.
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