Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources

Engaging Students with Archival and Digital Resources

1st Edition - June 14, 2011

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  • Authors: Justine Cotton, David Sharron
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632575

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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

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.ca/Early 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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 146
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: June 14, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632575

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

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