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Special Collections Library - Instruction


Special Collections librarians collaborate with faculty to incorporate rare books, manuscripts & archives into the classroom. 

Special Collections Library instruction sessions are tailored to the needs of particular courses. From short, orientation sessions that address research with primary sources to specialized sessions that incorporate course or assignment based activities and materials. Special Collections Library faculty are available to provide a variety of instructional support that is customized to meet a range of learning objectives.

Instructional Support

Course guides identify Special Collections Library resources and tools (digital and printed) specific to courses and assignments. Please contact Special Collections Library if you would like to have specific guide created for your upcoming course. 

"Show & Tell" Sessions

Show & Tell sessions expose students to archival materials related to the subject of your course. Special Collections Library faculty select appropriate materials and display them in our reading room or classroom for a hands-on experience. These sessions may incorporate Kentucky Museum artifacts as well. 

Primary Source Orientation Sessions

General introduction to library spaces, collections, policies and procedures. Students are introduced to collection inventories and the use of Special Collections Library materials.  Sessions can be tailored to specific course topics or subjects.

Hands-On Workshops

Special Collections Library faculty, in collaboration with the instructor, select course appropriate materials for active, inquiry driven experiences with primary source materials and objects. 

Reading Room / Classroom Space

Special Collections Library provides reading room / classroom space for instructors interested in leading class sessions focused on Special Collections Library materials.  

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 Last Modified 4/19/22