MARAC Workshops

Current Trends in Teaching with Primary Sources - a Hands-on Workshop, April 4, 2014

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Building: Brody Learning Commons, Room 5015/5017
Instructors: Matt Herbison, Archivist for Reference and Outreach, Drexel Med School/Doris Malkmus, Instruction and Outreach Archivist, Penn State/ Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, Archivist and Public Services Librarian, Chatham University
Cost: $85
Driving Directions: (use this as your destination)

University Map: (Brody Learning Commons, Building #12)

Parking: (South Garage, location #2, suggested)

Lunch: On your own

Description: Today’s students expect to be engaged; this workshop will synthesize the state of the art in teaching with primary sources and prepare you to select materials that support active learning at all levels, with an emphasis on the collegiate setting.

Through a series of hands-on exercises, participants will learn to select primary source activities appropriate to students' ages and abilities and in accord with teaching standards and theories of cognitive development. Participants will also learn techniques that help students analyze documents, think critically and historically, evaluate sources, assess rhetorical strategies, and understand the research process.

The workshop will emphasize the importance of assessment and present current methods for assessing impact of teaching with primary sources. Participants will have opportunities to learn from each other in all areas, particularly regarding collaboration and outreach to faculty.

Academy of Certified Archivist credits available upon request.

For additional information about the workshop, contact:

Brian Keough, 518-437-3931,

For additional information about directions, contact:

Jordan Steele, 410-516-5493,


To Register:

Click here to register online
Click here to download/print a registration form
Click here to view the workshop flyer.