Educational Session I

Thursday, May 16th, 10:15-11:30

Beyond the Blackboard: Archives in the K-12 Classroom
Canyon A/B
What’s a surefire way to create life-long learners and archival advocates? Get’em while they are young! Most individuals first experience working with archives in college or well after as adults. To ensure the next generation has knowledge of the existence of archives and how to use them, archivists need to be working with K-12 classroom teachers on incorporating archives and primary sources into their curriculum. Panelists will share their experience in designing teacher workshops, in-service training, classroom assignments and field trips. Walk away with trips, tricks, and sample activities and plans of how to go beyond the blackboard, and bring your archives into the classroom.

What’s Next for Archival Education?
In recent years, graduate students are entering LIS programs with an overwhelming interest in archives and archival studies. In response, archival education has experienced significant changes to include the increasing number of archival programs and faculty positions becoming available; changing modes of course delivery with emerging program specializations and certificate opportunities; and, importantly, pedagogical and curricular expansions to include contemporary and more future-oriented issues in archival studies. This discussion will look towards future developments in archival education and where the profession is heading. Current and future educators from four southwest institutions will discuss the issues and invite feedback from the audience on how to best prepare the next generation of archival professionals.

National Digital Newspaper Project: Process, Product and Application
The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a long-term effort to develop an online database of U.S. newspapers selected and digitized by National Endowment for the Humanities-funded institutions from U.S. states and territories. This panel explores value of digital newspaper preservation and access by bringing together panelists involved in decision-making at multiple levels of the preservation, as well as a case study of how one archivist is innovatively using the digitized newspaper content. Newspaper digitization and long-term access poses significant challenges and benefits on multiple levels; nationwide, statewide, and local. Panelists will address subjects that range from identifying newspaper collections for digitization, to funding digitization projects, to developing the technological infrastructure to build access, to gaining the knowledge to utilize these newspapers in significant ways. They will also emphasize the wide collaborative opportunities stemming from the NDNP. Any group from the cross-section of archivists attending the annual meeting can participate.