Thursday, January 19, 2012

Library of Congress primary source resources

The Library of Congress collaborates with school districts, universities, libraries, and foundations to help teachers use the Library's vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction. These partnerships build on the success of the Library's previous outreach initiatives, particularly the American Memory Fellows and An Adventure of the American Mind programs, which reached more than 10,000 teachers.

The Library of Congress has two types of institutional partners: TPS Educational Consortium members and regional grantees.

Members of the TPS Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. There are currently 28 Consortium members in 17 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. The professional development that these organizations offer include workshops, online courses, graduate courses, and mentoring that meet the same goals as the professional development offered in Washington, DC at the Library of Congress.

The Library conducts periodic grant competitions to identify additional Consortium members. The timing, number and size of these grants are contingent upon programmatic needs and funding availability. (from the Library of Congress website)