Yale FCAP SAA 2008

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Family and Community Archives Project: Introducing High School Students to the Archival Profession

Presentation from the 2008 SAA conference.

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Yale FCAP SAA 2008

  1. 1. Family and Community Archives Project Introducing High School Students to the Archival Profession Society of American Archivists 2008
  2. 2. Yale University Archivists <ul><li>Susan Brady, Beinecke Library </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Hyry, Beinecke Library </li></ul><ul><li>Diane Kaplan, Manuscripts and Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Nancy Lyon, Manuscripts and Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Weideman, Manuscripts and </li></ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Molly Wheeler, Beinecke Library </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Why we proposed this project </li></ul><ul><li>What we hoped to do </li></ul><ul><li>What we did and how we did it </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>650 students in grades 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>64% are students of color </li></ul><ul><li>2% had English as a second language </li></ul>
  5. 15. <ul><li>See previous </li></ul>
  6. 24. <ul><li>What worked </li></ul><ul><li>What did not work </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers’ suggestions for improving the project </li></ul>
  7. 25. Achievements <ul><li>Learned what archivists do </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers enjoyed it </li></ul><ul><li>Yale into community, community into Yale </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration across libraries and departments </li></ul>
  8. 26. What Worked <ul><li>Administrative planning group’s activity </li></ul><ul><li>Group creation of lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Several archivists per class, small groups and one-on-one possible </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul>
  9. 27. Tour
  10. 29. Audiovisual Lesson Lesson 5: Who Uses Archives?
  11. 30. Exhibit
  12. 31. What did not work <ul><li>Teacher support varied </li></ul><ul><li>8 weeks too long for project </li></ul><ul><li>Class meeting times too long </li></ul><ul><li>Needed more feedback from teachers on lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Efficacy and support for homework </li></ul><ul><li>Technology support for A/V lesson </li></ul>
  13. 32. What did not work (cont.) <ul><li>Final project determined by teachers late in semester </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding privacy issues </li></ul><ul><li>School activities </li></ul><ul><li>Early class time, poor attendance </li></ul><ul><li>We talked too much, needed more hands-on lessons </li></ul>
  14. 33. Teachers’ suggestions for improving the project <ul><li>Run the project for two weeks in March, immediately after national testing completed. </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with each class five times in a row in one week, with one class including tour of Manuscripts and Archives. </li></ul><ul><li>Class time between 11am and 2pm </li></ul><ul><li>Students could have opportunity to opt out and have a regular class with other teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants would have no other responsibilities for that class during the week. Any homework assignments would be related to the archives project. Required project be clearly defined in the first period. </li></ul>
  15. 34. Potential lessons for other archivists <ul><li>Planning Phase </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul>
  16. 35. Planning <ul><li>Define measures of success </li></ul><ul><li>Define what you want the students to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Define resources needed </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with the teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for the unengaged students/teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid early morning classes </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve privacy/confidentiality issues </li></ul>
  17. 36. Implementation <ul><li>Be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Do an exhibit </li></ul><ul><li>Be visual in your teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce them to jobs in the profession </li></ul>
  18. 37. <ul><li>In what ways did this project contribute to diversity initiatives? </li></ul>
  19. 39. Family and Community Archives Project Archivists <ul><li>Susan Brady                              Bill Landis </li></ul><ul><li>Kathleen Burns Nancy Lyon * </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Caldera Sandra Markham </li></ul><ul><li>Lisa Conathan Matthew Mason </li></ul><ul><li>Heather Dean Jennifer Meehan * </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen Doon Joanne Rudof </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Glick Judy Schiff </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel Hartwig * Karen Spicher </li></ul><ul><li>Rebecca Hatcher Chris Weideman *     </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Hyry *                    Molly Wheeler </li></ul><ul><li>Diane Kaplan * </li></ul><ul><li>*Members of Archivists’ Administrative Group     </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul>

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