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.

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Details for the Primary Source Literacy Task Force meeting at ALA.
This report was created by a task force subgroup that examined existing guidelines related to primary source literacy. This is one of four background research and planning reports that were prepared by four subgroups (Communications, ACRL Framework, Literature Review, and Other Guidelines) to assist the task force in its development of Primary Source Literacy guidelines.
This report was created by a task force subgroup that completed a literature review of existing literature on primary source literacy. This is one of four background research and planning reports that were prepared by four subgroups (Communications, ACRL Framework, Literature Review, and Other Guidelines) to assist the task force in its development of Primary Source Literacy guidelines.
This report was created by a task force subgroup charged with developing a communication plan and timeline. This is one of four background research and planning reports that were prepared by four subgroups (Communications, ACRL Framework, Literature Review, and Other Guidelines) to assist the task force in its development of Primary Source Literacy guidelines.
This report was created by a task force subgroup charged with investigating connections between primary source literacy and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This is one of four background research and planning reports that were prepared by four subgroups (Communications, ACRL Framework, Literature Review, and Other Guidelines) to assist the task force in its development of Primary Source Literacy guidelines.
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