Approaches to using archival and special collections in information literacy programmes: experiences at Maynooth University - Barbara McCormack

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<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <p>Approaches to using archival and special collections in information literacy programmes: Experiences at Maynooth UniversityBarbara McCormackLILAC 2015OutlineSpecial collections instruction, primary sources, spaceMaynooth University Library Russell &amp; JPII LibrariesAspects of special collections instructionLearning outcomesUndergraduate instruction &amp; case studyPostgraduate instruction &amp; case studyConclusionReferences</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibrarySpecial collections &amp; teachingSpecial collections librarians and archivists are typically involved in the following teaching delivery and support activities:Facilitating access to information Conducting reference interviewsDeveloping lesson plansFacilitating orientation Delivering course-based instructionThe main focus of information literacy instruction in this regard is:The identification and evaluation of primary sourcesThe development of research skills and critical analysis of sourcesMagia G. Krause, 2010</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library</p> <p>Using primary sourcesPrimary source instruction enables the development of transferable skills including:Critical thinking and analysisEvaluation of sourcesTeamwork and communicationAbility to construct evidence-based argumentsAnne Bahde, 2014Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/libraryTeaching sessionsWhen the goal of a course-specic library workshop is to bring the research process alive, the instruction cannot be a simple lecture. Roberts &amp; Taormina, 2013Potential for dynamic sessions with practical, hands-on elements Facilitates active learning approachesBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library</p> <p> Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/libraryThe learning spaceHubbard and Lotts (2013) suggest that information literacy practitioners can use Special Collections to engage with students through hands-on experience, and the act of leaving the classroom to visit a new spaceMaynooth University is very fortunate to have two unique spaces for Special Collections: the historic Russell Library and the recently extended John Paul II LibraryBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library</p> <p>Maynooth University Library</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryRussell LibraryResearch library with collections spanning ten centuriesHouses the historical collections of St. Patricks College, Maynooth Pugin designed reading room completed in 186134,000 printed works (1470-1850)2,500 Bibles (in 600 languages)12,000 pamphlets50,000+ archival documents300+ Gaelic manuscripts</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryJohn Paul II LibraryNew state-of-the-art reading room and environmentally controlled secure store areaHouses the historical collections of Maynooth UniversityApprox. 3,600 rare and early printed works (pre-1850) Approx. 4,500 printed works (post-1850)Over 1,000 pamphletsExtensive archival collections</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryAspects of special collections instructionBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryLearning outcomesBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryUndergraduate instructionBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryUndergraduate instruction case study</p> <p>ID004 : Cultural heritage &amp; the Irish literary tradition Certificate for Irish Cultural Heritage5 credit module delivered by School of Celtic Studies with input from the LibraryTopics include: Manuscript production and traditionIllumination and other decoration Manuscript writing</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/libraryID004 Library instruction WeekTopicWeek OneCalligraphy demonstration and workshop in the Russell Library with renowned Irish calligrapher Tim ONeillWeek TwoLecture delivered by special collections librarian relating to manuscript tradition and physical characteristicsWeek Three Supervised consultation of Gaelic manuscripts and submission of assignmentsBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryID004 Assessment questionsBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryPostgraduate instructionBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryPostgraduate instruction case studyHY618: Book Collections in Archives Delivered by Mr. Hugh Murphy, Senior Librarian, Collection Management Services and Ms. Barbara McCormack, Assistant Librarian, Special Collections &amp; Archives 5 Credit module as part of the MA Historical ArchivesLevel 9 (Masters)12 lecture hours including practical sessions onsite and one offsite visitPlanned learning activities 12 hours and independent student activities 12 hours</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryHY618 Class scheduleDateTopicWeek 1(i) Introduction(ii) Manuscript traditionWeek 2(i) History of Print(ii) Printing in Ireland Week 3Practical hands-on sessionWeek 4Visit to Dublin City Library &amp; Archive, National Print MuseumWeek 5Resource Description for PrintWeek 6(i) Curatorial Roles Print to online(ii) ReviewBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryHY618 Module aims</p> <p>This module aims to:Foster an understanding and appreciation of rare and unique collectionsDevelop navigational skills in terms of finding aids and cataloguesEquip students with resource description skills Facilitate the evaluation of printed items in archival collections Enable a comprehensive analysis of physical characteristics of different formats (manuscript, print, and archival)</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/libraryHY618 Learning outcomes</p> <p>Understand the key stages in the development of print and its relationship with manuscript and incunabulaUnderstand the key stages in the tradition of print in IrelandDifferentiate between the different types of catalogues (traditional and electronic formats) Create a bibliographic record to a level appropriate to that item and to the repository in which it is held</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library</p> <p>Pamphlet assignmentStudents are asked to select an 18th or 19th century pamphlet in the English language from Library collectionsStudents consult their chosen pamphlet in Special CollectionsA short report is written outlining: Bibliographic informationProvenancePhysical conditionInvolves an analysis of both the physical object and associated finding aid(s)</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/library</p> <p>Incunabula assignment Students are asked to consult an early printed work and write a short report noting some or all of the following: Decoration and illustrationAnnotationsShelf-marksBindingClaps and tiesGeneral conditionBarbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/libraryExhibition assignment Students are asked to visit an exhibition and write a short report on the following aspects:Exhibition themesTarget audiencePromotion of the exhibitionCase labelsExhibition layoutFloor plan(s)Catalogues or handouts</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/library</p> <p>Resource description assignmentPart 1: students are asked to write a report discussing the following:Impact of resource description on findability and promotionMerits of hybrid cataloguingDifference between primary and secondary sourcesPart 2: students are asked to analyse a series of bibliographic records and identify various MARC fields </p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Library https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/libraryPhoto courtesy of Alan MonahanConclusion Special collections librarians and archivists are educators as well as facilitatorsPrimary source material provides opportunities for active learning in terms of library instructionSpecial collections librarians can collaborate with subject librarians to deliver IL programmesInformation literacy sessions in special collections can be delivered as one-off sessions or a series of lectures, workshops, and tours over a semester or academic yearFurther study is needed in terms of the impact of special collections instruction</p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University LibraryReferencesBahde, A 2014, The History Labs: Integrating Primary Source Literacy Skills into a History Survey Course, Journal of Archival Organization, 11, 3-4, pp. 175-204, DOI: 10.1080/15332748.2013.951254Hubbard, MA and Lotts, M 2013, Special Collections, Primary Resources, and Information Literacy Pedagogy, Communications in Information Literacy, 7, 1.Krause, MG 2010, '"It Makes History Alive for them": the Role of Archivists and Special Collections Librarians in Instructing Undergraduates', Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 36, 5, pp. 401-411, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed 19 March 2015.Lee Roberts, R and Taormina, M 2013, Collaborative Co-Design for Library Workshops, Behavioral &amp; Social Sciences Librarian, 32, 1, pp. 46-56, DOI: 10.1080/01639269.2013.755875 </p> <p>Barbara McCormack, Maynooth University Library</p>