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Archivist as Educator: fall activities

Jessica Steytler will be teaching for Simmons Graduate School for Library & Information Science (GSLIS) Continuing Education program again this fall/winter. Please contact Kris Liberman to register.


Archives 2.0

Saturday, October 4, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Simmons College, One Palace Road Bldg, Room TBA
Cost: $160

With the world gone mad for all things digital, it's hard to remember that many organizations are still struggling at the rudimentary levels of online activities and technical innovation. However, there is a great deal that a small institution can do with little or no money. Archivist Jessica Steytler will examine available options, illustrated by examples of her work at the Congregational Library (currently undergoing a transformation from quiet and sleepy library to study center of the future). Technologies that will be discussed are wikis, Google Documents/Partnership, Ning – the alternative to social networking, and RSS feeds.  Participants will have a chnce to explore these tools during the class.


Using Primary Sources: a Tutorial for Educators

Saturday, December 6, 2008
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Congregational Library
14 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

For directions see:
Room TBA

Learning about history can -– and should! -- involve more than just reading a textbook. There is a rich and varied world in manuscripts and archive collections that history books can never penetrate. However, finding a path through these collections can be intimidating, particularly when there are so few opportunities to navigate this 'raw material' of history. This workshop will walk educators through the wilderness of an archive at a basic level. We will discuss definitions, stumbling blocks, and gems that can be shared with their classes. Digital and paper examples will be given. Expect a lot of discussion; the more participants contribute from their own experiences, the better the workshop will be.