Teaching with Digital Primary Sources e-Learning Webcast (9/22)

Join ACRL at 1:00 p.m. Central, Wednesday, September 22 for the e-Learning webcast, “Teaching with Digital Primary Sources.”

As records of firsthand accounts, primary sources reveal something about their creators and cultural context, which can lead to a transformative classroom experience in person or virtually. Over the last year and a half, librarians who teach with primary sources have been challenged to find new and inventive ways of enabling students to engage with primary sources virtually. This interactive webcast with authors from ACRL’s Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook will explore the work of teaching with digital primary sources and discuss the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has created for this type of teaching.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to define a digital primary source in order to distinguish it from other information resources.
  • Participants will identify different repositories for the search and discovery of digital primary sources, so that they will be able to incorporate digital primary sources into their instructional practice.
  • Participants will reflect on the challenges to teaching with primary sources presented by COVID-19, in order to collaboratively identify strategies for using digital primary sources to help mitigate these challenges.


Jenny Harris is an Assistant Professor of Library Administration and Education Librarian at Austin Peay State University’s Felix G. Woodward Library, where she also serves as library liaison to African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Julie Porterfield serves the Penn State University Libraries as both the Instruction & Outreach Archivist for the Eberly Family Special Collections Library and the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Librarian for circulating collections.

Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh is the Archivist at Elizabethtown College, where she is responsible for all aspects of the Earl H. and Anita F. Hess Archives and Special Collections.

Nicole Wood is an Assistant Professor of Library Administration and the Resource Management Librarian at Austin Peay State University, where she oversees the development, assessment, and management of the library’s monographs and serials collections.

How to Register

Complete details and registration materials are available online. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions.