[Libs-Or] ALA Annual Current Topics Discussion Forum

Patrick Wohlmut wohlmutpa at gmail.com
Fri Jun 9 08:35:22 PDT 2017

For those of you attending ALA Annual in Chicago:

*"Teaching from the Archives: Creating Student Centered Instruction with
Archival Materials."*

*Discussion Conveners: *Jill Borin, Reference Librarian & University
Archivist, Widener University; and Molly M. Wolf, Reference Librarian &
Sexuality Archivist, Widener University

*June 24, 4:30-5:30 pm Central Time*

There is an increased demand in higher education to foster students’
critical thinking skills. Research indicates that interacting with primary
archival sources represents an effective method for helping students
develop these critical thinking skills. This kind of instruction also
encourages students to become independent learners. Information literacy
instruction has at its foundation the development of critical thinking
skills. In fact, the main goal of this instruction is to teach students how
to critically analyze and evaluate information. This will then prepare them
to more effectively navigate the information they encounter on their own in
the future. As a result of their training in information literacy
instruction, librarians Jill Borin and Molly Wolf realized the exciting
potential that would result from incorporating archival materials and
primary sources into a new approach to information literacy instruction at
their institution. They recognized that this approach could help students
improve both their critical thinking and information literacy skills.

The goal of this Current Issues Discussion Forum is to facilitate a dialog
about using primary sources in information literacy instruction.
Participants will share personal experiences and best practices, as well as
begin to formulate standards for this type of instruction."

*Please join us for a lively discussion on Saturday, June 24, 4:30-5:30 at
the Hilton Chicago, Buckingham Room.*
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