Friday, March 4th, 4:00pm
Unburying Treasures: teaching archival methods to music students
As music librarians with a keen interest in both rare materials and information pedagogy, we are seeking ways to train successive generations in archival literacy by partnering with faculty and librarians in both music and special collections. We recognize that the value of interacting with original sources can reach far beyond their intellectual content, and we wish to connect more students with archival materials and methods. We will present some of our experiments involving the uses of special materials in undergraduate and graduate instruction, including learning outcomes we developed based on the ACRL Framework and Objectives for Information Literacy. In one case, a graduate introductory course to the academic study of music, we collaborated with the instructor to create a project in which the archival inquiry itself was the focus: using a single object, we asked the students to put forth a research question utilizing related primary and secondary materials. Each student, therefore, found a different archival method based on the question s/he developed. We designed a similar project in an undergraduate course on pre-modern thought in relation to music and society, for which we also worked closely with the instructor and syllabus to select materials for an interpretive session. This addition to the project allowed the class to interact deeply with materials from the 15th and 16th centuries as objects and to learn more about the radical changes in knowledge dissemination in the time period.
- Winston Barham, University of Virginia
- Matthew Vest, University of Virginia
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