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Library of Congress – Washington, D.C.

Summer 2013 Fellow: Mark Sanchez

Faculty Mentor: Jim Campbell

Office Description: 

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and the largest library in the world, with more than 147 million items in diverse languages, disciplines, and formats. As the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, the Library is a symbol of democracy and the principles on which this nation was founded. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on site, in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill, and through its award-winning website.

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division is the cultural heritage steward for more than 14 million photographs, drawings, and prints from the 15th century to the present day. International in scope, these visual collections represent a uniquely rich fund of human experience, knowledge, creativity, and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and the recording of history. For more information, please visit the Prints and Photographs Division’s official website here.

At the Library of Congress, the Liljenquist Family Fellow will work in the Education Outreach Office (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/), which provides teacher resources to help K-12 educators effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and the largest library in the world, with more than 147 million items in diverse languages, disciplines, and formats. As the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, the Library is a symbol of democracy and the principles on which this nation was founded. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on site, in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill, and through its award-winning website.

Potential projects:

Partner with an experienced education specialist to help develop a set of primary source materials for K-12 teachers related to the Liljenquist Collection of Civil War Photographs (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/lilj/). Teachers throughout the United States will use the materials to help students engage with historical subject matter, build their critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. To see examples of primary source-based teaching materials from the Library,  go to http://www.loc.gov/teachers and especially http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/

Qualities, coursework, skills, experiences, and disciplines:

Knowledge of K-12 educational philosophy and practices, particularly the effective educational use of primary sources. Classroom experience a plus. U.S. history background preferred. Writing and editing skills required.