Archives on the Move: Developing an Educational Outreach Initiative for Your Archive

Certificate Eligibility: 
2.5 ARC, 0.37 CEU
1/2 day
Max Attendees: 
Tactical & Strategic

Archives are poised to play a more significant and instrumental role in student achievement since the implementation of the Common Core standards. With a particular emphasis on 21st century learning skills, including the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate with peers to create high-quality, scholarly work, these standards present an opportunity for archives to share their expertise with all educators and learners.


This workshop uses Brooklyn Connections, the education division of the Brooklyn Public Library’s local history archive, the Brooklyn Collection, as a case-study to model for participants how to implement school outreach initiatives at their institutions. Specifically, this includes how to utilize archival collections to meet Common Core Standards, create lesson plans, and engage students and teachers in local history. Participants can also look forward to learning pedagogical terminology and practical strategies for establishing meaningful and ongoing school partnerships. Participants will leave the workshop with adaptable resources to inform the creation or expansion of educational initiatives at their home institutions.

Learning Outcomes: 
Assess their archive’s holdings and identify materials that can be used to speak to school curricula
Possess an introductory knowledge of how archival education ties into Common Core and subject specific state standards
Discuss specific, measurable goals for creating an education initiative out of their archive
Design a plan for next steps, including options for funding, building school contacts, and marketing
What You Should Already Know: 

Participants should have thorough knowledge of their own archive's holdings and the subject areas taught in local schools that might align with their archive's holdings