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Amy Chen 
CL IR Pos tdoc toral 
Fel low 
Di v i s ion of Spec ial 
Col lec t ions 
Uni ver s i t y of 
Alabama 
WHAT TO CO...
TYPE 
Digital Physical 
acumen.lib.ua.edu Williams Collection in the 
Gorgas Library and/or 
W.S. Hoole Library in Mary 
H...
Creative 
Project 
Poem, nonfiction 
article, exhibition, 
something else? 
Research 
Paper 
Is it short (under 5 
pages) ...
SCALE 
Major project? Multiple sections? Number of sources? 
Secondary and 
primary research 
required? 
@coolathoole
Research 
Meet with 
instructor 
Class 
Discussion 
GUIDANCE 
Class 
Discussion 
Research 
Meet with 
Instructor 
Meet wit...
TIMING 
Instructor 
Subject 
Librarian 
Students 
Special 
Collections 
@coolathoole
TIMING YOUR ASSIGNMENT 
Project with 
Physical Items 
Class Period 1: 
Research 
Methods 
Class Period 2: 
Reading Room 
L...
TIMING YOUR ASSIGNMENT 
Show and 
Tell 
Class Period 1: 
Tailored for your 
class theme 
Creative 
Project 
Class Period 1...
ALWAYS RETURN TO 
Time Commitment 
Learning Objectives 
@coolathoole
QUESTIONS? 
Amy Chen 
ahchen@ua.edu 
@amyhildrethchen 
@coolathoole
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  1. 1. Amy Chen CL IR Pos tdoc toral Fel low Di v i s ion of Spec ial Col lec t ions Uni ver s i t y of Alabama WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN INTEGRATING SPECIAL COLLECTIONS INTO YOUR ASSIGNMENTS @coolathoole
  2. 2. TYPE Digital Physical acumen.lib.ua.edu Williams Collection in the Gorgas Library and/or W.S. Hoole Library in Mary Harmon Bryant Hall 100,000+ items (limited) Millions Easier to navigate Harder to navigate Less engagement Higher engagement 24/7 access 9-5 M,W,F 9-8 T, Th @coolathoole
  3. 3. Creative Project Poem, nonfiction article, exhibition, something else? Research Paper Is it short (under 5 pages) or long? Writing for the Web Blog post? Digital exhibition? GENRE @coolathoole
  4. 4. SCALE Major project? Multiple sections? Number of sources? Secondary and primary research required? @coolathoole
  5. 5. Research Meet with instructor Class Discussion GUIDANCE Class Discussion Research Meet with Instructor Meet with instructor Class Discussion Research @coolathoole
  6. 6. TIMING Instructor Subject Librarian Students Special Collections @coolathoole
  7. 7. TIMING YOUR ASSIGNMENT Project with Physical Items Class Period 1: Research Methods Class Period 2: Reading Room Lab Time Project with Digital Items Class Period 1: Research Methods Class Period 2: Acumen Lab Time in Classroom Primary Source Analysis Class Period 1: Image Analysis Class Period 2: Textual Analysis EXAMPLES @coolathoole
  8. 8. TIMING YOUR ASSIGNMENT Show and Tell Class Period 1: Tailored for your class theme Creative Project Class Period 1: Research Methods Class Period 2: Lab Time in Classroom or Reading Rooms Research Project Class Period 1: Research Methods with Special Collections Class Period 2: Research Methods with General Collections EXAMPLES @coolathoole
  9. 9. ALWAYS RETURN TO Time Commitment Learning Objectives @coolathoole
  10. 10. QUESTIONS? Amy Chen ahchen@ua.edu @amyhildrethchen @coolathoole

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