If you are supporting social studies teachers who require the use of primary source documents in assignments, you might find the sites in this blog post useful in LibGuides or to share with teachers.
I love that SLJ shared these letters by E.B. White on Facebox, discussing why he wrote the classic Charlotte's Web. I have always enjoyed his essays and would suggest we look through his collections for possible contributions of informational texts.
And the site posting these letters, Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, looks like a fantastic source of primary documents in the form of letters. The collection of 900+ letters includes pieces from the likes of Amelia Earhart, Bill Watterson, Carl Sagan, Elton John etc. What fun! Katie
PS If you're intrigued by authors and the publishing of children's books I highly recommend a book called Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. New York: HarperTrophy. ISBN 0-06-446235-8
What a cool tool this is! I was paging through the Accessible Archives collection on Facebook and noticed this OLD map, which the description said was from a Deeply Zoomable #map. Deeply Zoomable!?! Doesn't that hint of sci-fi?? So I went to the link for the Deeply Zoomable version and found the entire map in a digital tool which allows one to zoom so far into the detail as to see the fibers of the paper and the edges of the pen strokes that make the illustrations. What fun! Its like zooming into the past to view the original marks and materials under a microscope. Personally, I prefer zooming back out to appreciate the rows of little trees and houses. See what you prefer. Then be thinking about what images you could bring into Zoom.it for closer scrutiny. Something from Alaska's Digital archives perhaps or some of your own photography. ???? Katie
KitZu is a "collection of free, educational, copyright-friendly media resources" for students to use to build projects as part of class assignments. The kits might include photos, animations, video clips, audio clips and a variety of documents. The contents can vary from site to site. KitZu can be sorted by grade level and/or subject matter. There are units on Frederick Douglass, Ellen Ochoa, to name a few of the people; a wide variety of units on various plants and animals; a unit on the Gettysburg Address and the technology of the Civil War; an assortment of units in the arts including one on Van Gogh, another on Frank Lloyd Wright and one on Cave Paintings.
Check it out and be sure to share it with your teachers and students!! This is another site you might want to add to the "resources" section of your webpage. Katie
The DenverPost.com has a blog, or actually a 'plog,' of the most amazing collection of depression era to WWII photographs, which are all in color. The 'plog' is an easy way to scroll through the collection but if you're interested in looking at the searchable Library of Congress collection check out the American Memory page.
What a wonderful, visually delicious collection of primary source documents!! Katie
Start planning now for Women's History Day in March. The Alaska Digital Archives has a collection of photos honoring the "Women on the Pipeline" What a great way to link the event to Alaska!
A wonderful tutorial titled The Front Page of Alaska's Digital Archives on using the Alaska Digital Achives site is now available on YouTube. This is a great 15 minute introduction to the resource and will be very useful to students, staff and families. Other tutorials prepared by the staff at Rasmuson Library on the UAF Campus include Collection-level Records in Alaska's Digital Archives. Hopefully more will be forthcoming. Especially nice would be a tutorial on advanced searching within the resource. It sounds like it may be in process.