We are happy to encourage wider use of Burns Library’s unique materials for teaching and research, and will work creatively with faculty and others to develop customized classes, activities, and assignments around syllabi topics and learning objectives. Instructors interested in using special collections materials to enhance the learning outcomes of their courses and/or research assignments should contact Burns Library staff as far in advance as possible, as demand for our classroom space and instructional support staff can be heavy, especially during the latter part of the semester. We look forward to working with you and your group.
While we tailor instruction to your specific class, there are a series of loose frameworks you can consider as you decide how you'd like to integrate Burns material into your session. Bear in mind that we recommend working with both O'Neill (your subject liaison) and Burns to ensure your students comprehend multiple aspects of research, material literacy, and communication.
Burns Library Staff can provide support for Out of Classroom Experiences. In order to be effective for students without overwhelming library staff, spaces, and materials, OCE objectives, activities, and assignments must be thoroughly planned ahead of time. Please contact Burns Library staff about designing an OCE that involves Burns Library’s unique materials. We look forward to enriching your students’ learning through engagement with our collections.