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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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)
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)
Project Muse (subscription)
The Times Digital Archive (subscription)
Chapter 5: Delivering the workshops
Chapter 6: Developing relevant assignments
Chapter 7: Assessment and 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
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.