The following workshop is being offered as part of the Fall 2008 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), which will be held in Silver Spring, Maryland, November 6-8. Registration information for this workshop, and for the meeting as a whole, including the hotel deadline, can be found at
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Local Arrangements Co-Chairs, Karen Fishman, Library of Congress, at email@example.com and Mary Mannix, Frederick County Public Libraries, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Demystifying the Archives: Promoting Primary Resources to Enhance Learning
Half Day Workshop: 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Instructor: Gail Rodgers McCormick, General Federation of Women's Clubs
Hands on-experience with primary source materials can engage
students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and learning styles.
However, often this experience is primarily illustrative, rather than evaluative. Archival materials are introduced as "cool stuff" to excite student and faculty interest, but are not emphasized as integral components of basic research or information literacy instruction. Effective searching for secondary sources is an important research skill, but hands-on experience with primary sources can help students critically evaluate both types of sources and their integral relationship. This workshop will debunk a few common myths about the archives and consider how using primary sources is an essential educational experience for
students—and teachers—at all educational levels.
Location: Crowne Plaza Washington DC–Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD
For questions regarding the workshop only please contact L. Dale Patterson, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, at
Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
P.O. Box 710215
Oak Hill, VA 20171
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