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Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843345688, 9781780632575

Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources

1st Edition

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Authors: Justine Cotton David Sharron
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345688
eBook ISBN: 9781780632575
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 14th June 2011
Page Count: 146
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Table of Contents

List of figures

About the authors

Introduction: what is an archive?

Defining archival records and processing

Growing challenges with digital resources

Chapter 1: Building the foundation: connections between archivists and library staff


Staff engagement and training

Chapter 2: Faculty outreach


Challenges to connecting with faculty

An opportunity for promotion and relationship building

Strategies for success in launching the workshop series to faculty

Building for the future

Chapter 3: Introducing students to library and archival resources


Understanding today’s students

Challenging student assumptions

Chapter 4: Resources


Ad*Access and AdViews

Adam Matthew Digital (subscription)

Archives Canada (free)

ARTstor Digital Library (subscription)

The British Library: Turning the Pages™ (free) Canadiana Online (ECO) (hybrid – free/subscription)

Centre for Research Libraries (CRL) (subscription)

Chronicling America – Historic American Newspapers (free)

Documenting the American South (free)

Early English Books Online (EEBO) (subscription)

Google Books (free)

Internet Archive (free)

Mountain West Digital Library (free)

New York Public Library Digital Gallery (free)

Niels Bohr Library and Archives – Center for History of Physics (free)

OAIster® (free)

Project Muse (subscription)

The Times Digital Archive (subscription)

Chapter 5: Delivering the workshops


Lesson planning

Team teaching

Sharing enthusiasm

Discovery learning

Chapter 6: Developing relevant assignments


Chapter 7: Assessment and ongoing learning


Assessing instruction

Ongoing learning

Epilogue: making connections, building relationships

Appendix A: sample letters

Appendix B: lesson plans

Appendix C: excerpt from Library News

Appendix D: roster of potential survey questions




Aimed at professional librarians and archivists, this book explores connecting students and faculty with the archival and digital collections of the university’s library and archives. Academic research has been forever changed by the digitization of books, journals, and archival collections. As university libraries and archives move forward in the digital era, it is essential to assess the research needs of users and develop innovative methods to demonstrate the value of collections and services. This book provides librarians and archivists with the tools to develop a robust workshop program aimed at connecting students with archival and digital collections.

Key Features

  • Provides practical guidelines and detailed lesson plans
  • Based on the collaboration between an experienced archivist and liaison librarian
  • Offers innovative ideas for connecting with faculty members


Professionals within Library and Information Services, Archives and Special Collections, and students of library and information science studies and archival studies


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This book fills a very important need for any University or College archive., Managing Information

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About the Authors

Justine Cotton

Justine Cotton is a Liaison Librarian at Brock University, with responsibilities for Communication, Popular Culture, Film, and English Literature. In addition, she is responsible for promoting library services and collections on campus. She has published and presented on library instruction and collection development.

David Sharron

David Sharron is the head of the Special Collections and Archives at the Brock University Library. He has worked in archival repositories at the federal, municipal and post-secondary levels and is a certified archivist. He has undertaken several digitization projects and has worked with students on discovering and utilizing primary resources found online and on site.

Affiliations and Expertise

Brock University, Canada