Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference and Workshops – Wed, August 3, 2016

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AARL logoGenerously hosted by Auburn Avenue Research Library, timed to coincide with the 2016 Society of American Archivists annual conference, and co-sponsored by Digital Public Library of America and SAA’s new One Book One Profession initiative (featuring the brand new three-part TPS book from the Trends in Archives Practice series)!

Q: Will there be another TPS Unconference in 2017?
A: The 2016 participants said they want more, so that’s what we’ll work towards!! Want to get involved? The most urgent need is to find a venue in Portland, Oregon, available all day Wed, July 26, 2017, reasonably accessible from the SAA 2017 venue (Oregon Convention Center), and willing to donate the space or for very little cost — it’s a tall order, but it can happen with your help! If you want to get involved with this hunt or the other types of organizing work, contact TeachWithStuff@gmail.com.

For ever-evolving details on the 2016 event, continue to visit bitly.com/SAA16TPS

Here’s who attended »

When: Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 9:00 – 4:30 (but you may drop-in & drop-out)
Where: Atlanta, Georgia at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History (AARL).
Cost: FREE!  Attendees will be responsible for their own lunch and beverages – none will be provided.
Directions: 101 Auburn Avenue, NE | Atlanta, GA 30303 (MAP)  (From the HIlton SAA venue, it’s 10 minutes walking…4 blocks straight down Courtland St NE. By bus, 5 minutes.)
Registration: Free Registration started June 13.
As of July 26, we hit 150 attendees and suspended registration. If you’re still interested in attending, please add your name to our waitlist »
Hashtag:   #SAATPS16   (on twitter or facebook)
Event Wi-Fi at AARL: details coming soon
Parking: First, look in the parking lot right behind AARL, then nearby street parking. If neither of these work, there are a number of lots in the surrounding three blocks (start your hunt on John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE near Peachtree Center Ave NE).

Huge thanks to the staff at Auburn Avenue for generously hosting this event at their newly renovated facility! AARL is a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS).

Send your Social Media Shout-Outs to:
• Auburn Avenue » twitter | facebook | web
• DPLA » twitter | facebook | web
• SAA’s One Book One Profession » #OBOP16 | webpage

Questions? Comments? Interested in running a workshop or volunteering day-of?
Contact TeachWithStuff@gmail.com

EVENT SCHEDULE (Evolving) – More detailed schedule available day-of-event
9:00 – 9:30am:  Registration (Lobby on 1st floor)
9:30 – 10:30:  Workshops (choose from three) – Workshop blurbs are here!
10:35 – 11:35:  Workshops (choose from two) – Workshop blurbs are here!
11:40am – 12:15pm:  Unconference Session Scheduling – all attendees gather to determine topics for discussions sessions through the rest of the day – HERE are some of the discussion topics proposed when you registered
12:15 – 1:30pm:  Lunch on your own but sign up for “dine-around” lunching-groups (near registration desk)
1:30 – 2:15:  Unconference Session Block 1
2:20 – 3:05: Unconference Session Block 2
3:10 – 3:55: Unconference Session Block 3

4:00 – 4:30: Wrap-up full-group discussion about where to go from here

Please note that since the day’s detailed schedule won’t be settled on until we’re all there, the schedule will only exist on this webpage. Prepare accordingly to bring a device that will allow you to view the schedule online. We’ll also be taking live group notes at the sessions, and your help with this will go far in creating “live proceedings” that we and others will be able to use later…so again, bring an appropriate device to help take notes (using Google Docs)!

Respect each other. Some of these conversations may lead to strong, opposing viewpoints, but please maintain your collegial regard for others and their opinions. Expect this of others as well. This is a day for sharing ideas, so don’t screw it up!

Drinks and Food at Auburn Avenue Research Library. No food and drink throughout the building. Drinks permitted in the first floor Education Center and the Authors’ and Writers’ Lounge.

Coffee and Tea Nearby
Condesa Coffee (145 Auburn Ave. — very handy, same block as AARL)
Ebrik Coffee Room (16 Park Place NE — 3 blocks southwest of AARL / very nifty spot)
Sweet Auburn Curb Market (209 Edgewood Ave. SE — 3 blocks southeast of AARL / will also be a prime lunching spot)

Event Organizers: Lucy Barber, Laura Barry, Lori Birrell, Janet Bunde, Samantha Crisp, Gabrielle Dudley, Morris Gardner, Matt Herbison, Rachel Howard, Petrina Jackson, Robin Katz, Erin Lawrimore, Holly Mengel, Sammie Morris, Derek Mosley, Cinda Nofziger, Heather Oswald, Julie Porterfield, Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh, Jill Severn, Jenny Swadosh, Elizabeth Wilkinson, the SAA-RAO Steering Committee, and many other helpers along the way. This event would not have been possible without the enormous amount of programming and venue-hunting work done by Gabrielle Dudley and Heather Oswald, Laura Barry’s great work in getting the word out, and Jenny Swadosh’s never-failing work to keep things driving forward. Extra-special thanks to Derek Mosley and Morris Gardner, and our other new friends at Auburn Avenue Research Library for all the work in making this possible – AARL and AFPLS are simply amazing.


An informative and fun day, with a variety of workshops and attendee-driven conversations, covering all aspects of Teaching with Primary Sources. Join your colleagues and like-minded professionals, including educators at all levels, archivists and librarians from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL (RBMS), and across allied fields.  Hosted by the wonderful folks at Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and organized by the SAA Reference, Access and Outreach Section’s Committee on Teaching with Primary Sources.

Open to individuals with all levels of experience who use primary source material in classroom and instruction settings. Tell your non-archivist teaching friends!
This is an à la carte, drop-in/drop-out event and you don’t need to come to the whole thing.  If you don’t know what SAA is and don’t have any idea what goes on at the annual conference, that doesn’t matter!  We want primary-source-educators from all walks of life to gather together to learn from each other about what works and what doesn’t.

For you archivists: Registration will be a separate process from the Society of American Archivists 2016 Conference registration — you can attend this event without attending the conference.  Lunch on your own with many nearby options.  Registration is first-come first-served.

Still curious or confused?
Check out the 2015 TPS Unconference webpage and the article in Archival Outlook.


Yes, there will be another Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference in 2016!
It will again be held during the SAA Conference week, but is open to individuals from all institutions and with all levels of experience who use primary source material for instruction/classroom setting. Tell your non-archivist teaching friends!

Stay in Touch: Can’t wait for the day? Connect with like-minded individuals and receive updates by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.  Our hashtag is #SAATPS16