TPS Expo Austin TX 2019! Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops – August 2, 2019

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Generously co-sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center, timed to coincide with the 2019 Society of American Archivists annual conference, and co-sponsored by the SAA Reference, Access and Outreach Section and Flower Hill Foundation.

For ever-evolving details on the 2019 Austin event, continue to visit this page at

Will there be a TPS Unconference in August 2020 in Chicago?
Lots of you said you want another event, so we hope so…

Event Recaps:
• RBMS Instruction & Outreach Newsletter »
• SAA Archival Outlook »

Full Day-of Session Schedule
updating live »

Here’s who attended »

Thanks a million to the folks at the Harry Ransom Center for their generous co-sponsorship and hosting of this event!!

When: Friday, August 2, 2019 from 8:45am – 4:30pm (full schedule below!)
(but you may drop-in & drop-out at will throughout the day)
Where: Harry Ransom Center, Austin Texas.
Cost: FREE! You are responsible for your own lunch.
Registration: Wait List is in effect (started July 1)
Directions/Transit/Parking: See details on Ransom Center’s Visit page
Food/Drink: Please note that you will not be able to take food or drink into any of the meeting spaces, so plan accordingly! Note that there will be snack breaks in both the morning and afternoon…thanks Ransom Center!
It’s Hot outside & Cold inside: Bring a sweater or some such garment.
Restrooms: The restrooms on the first floor of the Ransom Center are available for all gender identities. Visitors are welcome to use the restroom that best fits their gender identities.
Lunch options: Lunch is on-your-own and there are many nearby lunch options.
Nursing Mothers: Please email the conference organizers at and we’ll put you in touch with Ransom Center staff who can fill you in on lactation room details. Note that there should be refrigeration available.
Event WiFi at the Ransom Center: U. T. Austin has free guest wireless service, information provided here: U. T. also participates in the Eduroam system. If your institution is part of Eduroam, please consult the instructions from your institution on how to access that system.
Hashtag:   #TeachwStuff  (on twitter | Please also show appreciation for our wonderful host by tagging @RansomCenter
Other details to follow: On-the-ground results of discussion-session voting; post-event ice cream social, etc.

EVENT SCHEDULEDay-of Session Scheduleupdating live »
8:45 – 9:00am: Registration – Ransom Center Atrium – look for wayfinding signage inside Ransom.
If you arrive between 9:00am & 4:30pm, please stop at the event registration table first.
9:00 – 9:15: Welcome & Intro to Unconference (Prothro Theater)
9:15 – 10:30: Kick-off / Keynote – Robin Soto of Flower Hill Urban Homestead’s SMOOT (Student Minds Organizing Opportunities for Teens) program
10:30 – 11:00: Attendees Vote on unconference discussion session topics and Break with snacks (sponsored by Ransom Center!)
11:00 – 11:30: TPS Teachers Network Presentation with Mary Johnson
11:30am – 12:30pm: Break-out Discussion Sessions Block #1 (4+ concurrent – on Aug 2 see schedule »)
12:30 – 2:00: Lunch offsite (bring/buy-your-own)Numerous nearby lunch options
2:00 – 3:00: Break-out Discussion Sessions Block #2 (4+ concurrent – on Aug 2 see schedule »)
3:00 – 3:30: Break with snacks (again sponsored by Ransom Center!)
3:30 – 4:30: Break-out Discussion Sessions Block #3 (3+ concurrent – on Aug 2 see schedule »)
4:30 till you drop: Some folks are meeting up after for Happy Hour or Ice Cream, etc. See the list and add yours here!

Respect each other. Some of these conversations may lead to strong, opposing viewpoints, but we demand that you maintain a collegial regard for others and their opinions. Expect and demand this of others as well. This is a day for sharing ideas, so don’t screw it up! Please report disrespectful behavior to event organizers (at registration desk).

Additional Details

This free event is open to everyone interested in using primary source material for teaching, from all institutions and with all levels of experience. Whether you think of yourself as a teacher, museum educator, librarian, student, archives educator, administrator, or some other calling — or if you don’t have experience but want real-life exposure — this event is a great way to share ideas and learn with like-minded people. Hey you Archivists: Bring a non-archivist teaching friend!

Here are some tips on getting the most out of an unconference, from and

The 5th Annual TPS Unconference will take place on Friday, August 2, 2019! Why should you be excited? See what happened in 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.
What did we learn in 2018? Check out the Zine 2018 for the TPS Unconference »