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.

  • Advantages and Affordances of Online Special Collections Instruction

    Advantages and Affordances of Online Special Collections Instruction
    By Rachel Duke and Rory Grennan, Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries In Spring 2020, many special collections instructors immediately discovered the detriments of meeting learners online. Aside from variances in technical aptitude among instructors and learners, we lost ...
  • Ancient Art in the Archives: Studying Artifacts During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Ancient Art in the Archives: Studying Artifacts During the COVID-19 Crisis
    By LaraAnn Canner, Curator of Music Special Collections at Old Dominion University Libraries Noelle Jessup sketching ancient Cypriot vase.(Photograph courtesy of LaraAnn Canner, November 5, 2020) I have been told in the past that archivists need to be jacks-of-all-trades within libraries. Never ...
  • Teaching with Artifacts: Virtual Instruction with Future Engineers

    Teaching with Artifacts: Virtual Instruction with Future Engineers
    By Brooke Guthrie / Instruction sessions with artifacts are hands-on, interactive, and some of my favorite sessions to teach. At Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, where I work with the History of Medicine Collections, artifacts are used alongside rare books, manuscripts, ...

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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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