Notes from the Field highlights practical lessons from the front lines of teaching with primary sources in thematic series of open peer-reviewed articles. These short articles explore the theory and practice of teaching with primary sources, broadly relating topics to educators and practitioners from all types of institutions, teaching all kinds of students. Currently, Notes from the Field offers articles in two series: Practical How-To and Reflective Practice.

Reflective Practice Series

The Reflective Practice Series provides a space for thinking about our teaching in a broader context. Articles may relate to successes and failures in the classroom, or any other aspect of teaching with primary sources and how it relates to cultural heritage fields at large.

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Practical How-To Series

The Practical How-To Series offers advice and instructions that are directly applicable to any classroom environment. From document camera usage to communication strategies, learn more about how your colleagues approach their work in the classroom.

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Author Guidelines and Peer Review Process

Contributors to Notes from the Field will write about the theory and practice of teaching with primary sources, broadly relating topics to educators and practitioners from all types of institutions, teaching all kinds of students. The various series within the section will explore issues and concerns relevant to practitioners at all levels. Read more about the Author Guidelines and Process…


See Also: Primary Source News & Notes

While distinct from Notes from the Field, another publication that may be of interest is Primary Source News & Notes. The Instruction and Outreach Committee of the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section published this monthly themed newsletter compiling short essays, professional development opportunities, and more in the world of teaching with primary sources. View these information-packed newsletters.