Wilson Special Collections Library is hosting the second cohort of the Primary Sources Teaching Fellowship in June.
The program funds up to eight fellows per year from the five Master's in Library Science programs in the UNC System. The main goal of the fellowship is to bring library science students together to think about how to teach with primary sources.
Emily Kader, fellowship director and interim Rare Books Collection curator, said primary sources are objects created at a moment in time that can reveal something about that moment in history.
Kader gave examples of primary sources, such as a 19th-century letter written about a particular event, a 16th-century book published during a writer's lifetime or even a tweet.
"What can that tell us about writing and publishing at that moment in history?” she said.
Kader wrote the grant proposal for the fellowship in collaboration with Vice Provost for University Libraries María Estorino and Head of Research and Instructional Services Jason Tomberlin. The fellowship received funding through 2024.
“I think we recognized broadly, in the field of librarianship — both a demand for that kind of teaching and the need broadly for people both students at universities but beyond — people needing primary source literacy skills so they could read the world around them,” Kader said.
Because the fellows have various backgrounds and future goals, Kader said she wanted to think about different career paths in spaces like academic, K-12 and public libraries.
The first five weeks of the six-week fellowship follow an online curriculum on topics like teaching primary source literacy, creating critical learners and caring for colleagues in teaching.