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'Back to School in Special Collections'

April  12, 2013

About 35 people attended the Augustana Historical Society spring program “Back to School in Special Collections” on Wednesday, April 10.

Special Collections librarians Sarah Horowitz and Jamie Nelson talked with attendees about Special Collections involvement in teaching, gave a brief introduction to the types of materials held in Special Collections, and then took the attendees “back to school” by engaging them in several exercises the librarians often do with classes. These exercises accustom students to working with Special Collections materials, which are often in unfamiliar formats such as handwritten letters, diaries, and photographs, and show them how they can track a research question through multiple types of sources.

According to Horowitz, attendees participated "enthusiastically in the teaching exercises," and asked questions afterwards about Special Collections goals for students, the types of classes taught, how Special Collections deals with the challenge of collecting modern (often electronic) materials, and how Special Collections materials are preserved.

Special Collections works with more than 30 classes and reaches over 700 students per year. These classes range from first-year classes to upper-level course in history, English, geography, anthropology and other disciplines.

Special Collections is open to the public as well as the Augustana community Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m. More information about Special Collections is available at

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833