SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on Primary Source Literacy

The SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on the Development of Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy (hereafter “Task Force”) is responsible for the development of guidelines (hereafter “Guidelines”) that will provide competency standards for primary source literacy. Guidelines will consider and address students’ ability to interpret and analyze primary sources and students’ understanding of and ability to apply effective research skills across multiple disciplines. The Guidelines might also address ethical uses of primary sources, the understanding of legal and social implications of records, the cultivation of historical empathy, the contextualization of documents into broader historical frameworks, and the curiosity and appreciation for the past.

The Guidelines will be submitted for approval by the appropriate standards review committees and executive bodies of SAA and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). The Task Force will recommend a plan for maintenance and review of the Guidelines at the time the Guidelines are submitted to SAA and ACRL/RBMS for approval.

Recent News & Announcements

The attached documents have been submitted to the SAA Standards Committee for their consideration.
The SAA/RBMS Joint Task Force on the Development of Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy is pleased to host its final Open Forum at the Oregon Convention Center on Thursday, July 27th, from 12:15-1:00 PM in room A106. Please join us for an overview of our two-year process of drafting and revising the final version of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy, next steps for the Guidelines and an exciting new SAA epublication, Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources, and a discussion of any additional questions. The charge of the Joint Task Force expires at the close of the 2017 annual meeting.
The second draft of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy is now available for public comment. Comments may be made on the document at http://rbms.info/digress/primarysourceliteracy/draft-guidelines-2/ or by email at primarysourceliteracy@gmail.com.
The ALA Midwinter Meeting of the Joint Task Force will take place Sunday, January 22nd, from 10:30-12:00 in the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Piedmont Room 2.
Please join us for our group's open meeting at SAA Annual.
The Joint Task Force is pleased to post the first draft of its Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy for public feedback. We invite you to join our Open Forum discussion of the draft at the SAA annual meeting on Thursday, August 4, from 12:15-1:30 PM, and also to contribute comments on the draft by following the link below or sending an email to primarysourceliteracy@gmail.com.
The Joint Task Force is pleased to post the first draft of its Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy for public feedback.
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