TPS Fest 2022 – August 2, 3, and 4, 2022

This event webpage is the main public access point for sharing information about the schedule, updates, and all things TPS Fest 2022. Last updated May 5, 2022

Do you Teach with Primary Sources, or want to share and learn with other like-minded people with all levels and types of experience? Join your colleagues for an informative and fun event, with a variety of attendee-driven sessions or happenings, covering all aspects of Teaching with Primary Sources!

Come one and all!


Event Details

When: August 2, 3, and 4, 2022 (Tues, Wed, Thurs)
Sessions will happen 1-5pm Eastern / 10-2pm Pacific (exact timings to be determined).

Where: Mostly zoom — it’s shaping up to be an all-virtual event (but that’s up to you…see below)

Registration: Come back here for registration details in June. No registration cap, it will be drop-in/drop-out as you please
Cost: FREE!

Who: You — if you teach with primary sources, or want to share and learn with other like-minded people with all levels and types of experience.

How do I know what the sessions are?
This is still being determined and we want everyone’s ideas and input! See below for how you can get involved.

So far, some of the session topics that have traction and helpers include:

  • Victim of Your Own Success (your TPS program is more successful than you have staffing to support)
  • Leading an Instruction Program in Which Multiple People Teach
  • Hands-on sandbox session on group-annotation tools
  • How are we advocating for ourselves right now, in both our professional and personal needs?
  • Teaching with primary sources as a liaison or instruction librarian
  • Teaching primary sources for beginners (maybe one session each day)

How do I get updates, get involved, help, volunteer, etc?

Because of the community-driven nature of this event and the open-permission planning documents at this point, we’re using a layer of security. To access the working documents:

  • Planning documents are being shared on the TPS Collective listserv. You can sign up here>>
  • Email Jen Hoyer at tpsfest-at-tpscollective-dot-org
  • Monthly check-in and planning zooms to share ideas and opportunities for involvement
    • Tuesday, June 7 – 2-4pm ET / 11am-1pm PT (drop-in/drop-out)
    • Tuesday, July 12 – 2-4pm ET / 11am-1pm PT (drop-in/drop-out)

      To join these calls, zoom info will be shared on listserv or by contacting Jen Hoyer (info for both just above)

But what is TPS Fest?

TPS Fest is the latest experiment in creating a more open-community and decentralized approach to the TPS unconferences of the past couple years (see below for what those are). It’s up to you to imagine and make this happen. We’re hoping that this will create space for folks in our community to try new things and have conversations they’ve hoped for. Some ideas could include:

  • Community calls
  • Skill sharing workshops
  • Reading groups
  • Working groups
  • In-person local meetups
  • Something amazing we’ve never imagined before?!

Why should you be excited?
This is our 8th annual community-driven event in this vein!
See what happened at the more traditional unconferences in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.
To get a feel for the event and what we learned:
• Read the 2019 Event Recaps in the RBMS Instruction & Outreach Newsletter and SAA Archival Outlook
• Check out the Zine 2018 for the TPS Unconference »

TPS Fest 2022 is generously co-supported the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ALA-ACRL, the Society of American Archivists, and many many volunteers from the thriving TPS Community.

Interested in More TPS?

Watch the TPS Listserv for more information (sign up for the Listserv here).


TPS Fest 2022 is generously co-supported the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ALA-ACRL, the Society of American Archivists, and many volunteers from the thriving TPS Community.

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