Resources for Instructors
What Can We Do for You?
Special Collections librarians are here to help you incorporate rare materials research and primary source literacy instruction into your teaching, whether as a brief guest lecture, a class session, reference assistance during student projects, or a full-blown series of workshops. Some of the ways we have assisted faculty in the past include:
In-Class and Online Presentations. If a visit to Special Collections is not possible, librarians from Special Collections can visit your classroom or Zoom session to make presentations using PowerPoint and other visuals. Although it is preferable for students to experience the materials firsthand, presentations may prepare students for research in Special Collections or give a brief overview of the department.
Class Visits. The Special Collections classroom in Ellis 406 is able to accommodate classes of up to 35. The room is modular and can easily be adjusted to a variety of instructional formats. During these class visits, a librarian will be on hand to provide assistance with materials or to co-teach the class session with you.
During the fall 2020 semester, Special Collections instruction will be primarily online.
Digital Resources. Librarians can create scans, videos, tutorials, quizzes, and other online resources to support asynchronous student learning in Special Collections. Special Collections staff maintain online guides to resources on different aspects of book history, sample class sessions, and videos about the collections more generally. Links to these materials can be found below.
Subject-specific teaching guides with resources and sample sessions and activities prepared by Special Collections staff are available here:
- National History Day Resources at MU Libraries
- Teaching and Researching Comics and Graphic Novels
- Teaching Book History in Special Collections
- Teaching the History of Print
- Teaching the History of Medicine in Special Collections
- Teaching Visual Arts in Special Collections
- Teaching with Archives and Manuscript Collections
- Teaching with Medieval Books in Special Collections
A glossary of rare book terms is also available.
Special Collections staff have prepared a number of videos to provide assistance with using the catalogue and to highlight different items in the collections. A playlist of these videos on YouTube is available below. Instructional videos are also available on Panopto and can easily be embedded into your Canvas course website.