TPS Fest 2023 – July 18, 19, 20

This event webpage is the main public access point for sharing information about the schedule, updates, and all things TPS Fest 2023.

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!

Event Details

When: July 18-20, 2023 – Times TBD
(but will likely start in the afternoons Eastern / mornings Pacific)

Where: Mostly zoom — it’s an all-virtual event in 2023

Who: You! If you teach with primary sources, or want to learn to teach and share with other like-minded people with ALL levels and types of experience. Your interest is your qualification!

Grad students and recent grads!: This event welcomes all levels of folks who will learn from each other about all things TPS. See the “get involved” area below for student-focused info sessions May 16 and June 6.

Session Notes: All participants will be welcome to add to a collaborative note-taking document; this is our primary method for recording sessions.

Recordings: Some sessions may be recorded.

Registration: Is free! And, coming closer to the event date…

What’s on the schedule so far?

We’re still working on it! Have an idea? Join our next drop-in planning session (see below), or send an email to tpsfest-at-tpscollective-dot-org to get access to our internal idea-organizing documents.

How can you get involved?

This event only happens because of volunteers like YOU. You can:

  • Check out the Padlet, linked above, to share ideas and join our collective program brainstorm.
  • To join our next drop-in planning session on June 20th at 4pm ET / 1pm PT — register here for a zoom link
  • Grad students and recent grads! Join us for grad student / recent grad information sessions to learn more, including: What is TPS Fest? How to submit your ideas and what to expect while presenting. Opportunities to connect and collaborate on presentation ideas. Volunteer opportunities.
    Register for session on June 6th at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific
    View the recording of the May 16 info session. The video directs you to the session-idea padlet and the padlet includes a link to the current session-idea spreadsheet.
  • Interested in accessing our other planning documents? These are mostly shared on the TPS Collective listserv right now; you can sign up here.
  • Have other ideas? Not up for zooms or listservs? Reach out to Jen Hoyer to connect with us in other ways: tpsfest-at-tpscollective-dot-org

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 more of those here). Every year is different!

Join us to gather, share ideas, and learn together. TPS Fest usually isn’t a space for formal conference presentations; instead, we’re interested in opening up space for conversations and work that we don’t get space to do elsewhere. 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 of the things that typically happen include:

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

TPS Fest 2023 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.

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