Using Archival Materials in Library Instruction

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Using Archival Materials in Library Instruction

  1. 1. Sarah Coates, Special Collections and University Archives, Oklahoma State University sarah.coates@okstate.edu
  2. 2.  Dr. Andrew Wadoski, Assistant Prof. of English at OSU, approached Dr. David Oberhelman, English Reference Librarian, in Fall 2011 to see what “old books” we had access to so that he could use them for a class. David contacted the archives to see what material we had physical copies of. We learned and re-discovered quite a few books from the 15th and 16th centuries
  3. 3.  We then did a library instruction session wherein David talked about EEBO and ECO and I gave a talk on the history of printing and showed the students our rare books as examples of early printing and binding techniques
  4. 4.  This one session then led to a second session this fall with Dr. Wadoski, and some more exhibits using our rare books when we had our Manifold Greatness traveling exhibit We also used these rare books to teach an OLLI class
  5. 5.  Engage students! Promote archival collections Foster a relationship between reference librarians and the archives Foster a relationship between faculty and the archives
  6. 6.  Reference librarians—talk to your archivists! Archivists—talk to your reference librarians! Both—talk to your faculty! Share knowledge and resources to design sessions for classes Co-teach courses that tie in with archival collections and coursework Go to the community—OLLI, library programming, etc.  Genealogy
  7. 7.  Excellent for reaching out to distance learners Easy access Compare original to the scans—some details can get “lost” in a scan.  One example is EEBO—while an excellent resource, students can learn a great deal about binding, misprints, marginalia, and the difficulty of reading a text with small print and no zoom.

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