Invited post for pedagogy blog

I was invited to contribute a post to the Pedagogy and American Literary Studies blog on how faculty can collaborate with special collections librarians and integrate object-based learning into their courses.

img_4234Teaching faculty and special collections librarians have at least one goal in common: all of us want students to become effective researchers and critical thinkers.  Libraries in general, and special collections in particular, are laboratories where students can experiment as we help them move toward that goal.  Teaching with special collections fosters inquiry-based and active learning models of instruction, and it also allows you to engage multiple learning styles at once. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to envision how special collections materials might fit into your course.  Teaching in special collections does take some planning, but it can easily become one of the highlights of your semester.

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