As special collections librarians and liaison librarians work together to create innovative experiences working with primary source material, it is important to remember students have much to offer in the collaborative design process. In this case study, Prudence Doherty, a special collections librarian, and Daniel DeSanto, an instruction librarian, describe a project they initiated and implemented with upper-level education majors at the University of Vermont (UVM). The students were pre-service teachers (student teachers working toward degree and licensure) enrolled in Social Education and Social Studies, a course that focuses on teaching methods, assessment alternatives, and resources used in the elementary (K–4) classroom. The project gave the pre-service teachers an opportunity to work with three digital collections in order to design lesson plans for elementary-aged students. The project closed the loop of learn, create, and teach by requiring students to learn evaluative approaches to working with historical material and then create lesson plans based on those approaches. By creating professional resources for other teachers, the students added value to the digital collections.
Special Collections, collaboration, lesson plans, digital collections
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Doherty, Prudence and Daniel De Santo. “Closing the Loop: Creating Deliverables That Add Value.” In Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections Librarians and Liaison Librarian Partnerships, edited by Kristen Totleben and Lori Birrell. Chicago: Association for College and Research Libraries, 2016.