SPEC Kit 317: Special Collections Engagement · 77
Please describe other method(s).
Used and Most Successful
Class assignments requiring the use of special collections.
Classroom instruction sessions.
Exhibitions, both online and Web-based, of our holdings serve as the primary direct promotion of our resources to the
Exhibits, fellowships and internships.
One unit of Special Collections sponsors an annual essay prize for best paper done using the archival collections in that
The Library each year gives two awards of $750 (each) in recognition of excellence in undergraduate research projects
that make original and extensive use of the University Library’s collections. In the past Essay prizes have been awarded
to undergraduates. Articles in campus newspaper.
Through faculty members. Through exhibitions.
Typically, students become aware of Special Collections through group contact (class visits), or through working as
student workers in the department. Occasionally some of these students will then become enthusiasts for Special
Collections, acting as “evangelists” and spreading the word to faculty and graduate TAs.
We don’t contact the students directly re. curricular use, but rather go through the faculty.
We offer an online contact option called askspecialcollections through Special Collections Web site and e-mail.
Bibliographers discuss Special Collections with their students during bib sessions.
Campus newspaper, campus bus placards, table tents in the dining halls, LibGuides, Blackboard. Working with faculty
to do an instruction session is likely our most effective tool.
Contact via professors to encourage student use.
Contact with faculty.
Contact with professors.
Exhibitions and programs promote special collections materials to students
Exhibits, including course projects, online examples based on course use, and student-curated exhibits.
Exhibits, student internships, one-on-one contact, e-mails to departments.
Interesting question. We have not really promoted curricular use although we do place articles about the materials and