Primary Source Literacy: The Art of Engagement
The Utah Manuscripts Association and the Conference of Intermountain Archivists are co-sponsoring “Primary Source Literacy: The Art of Engagement.” This two day conference provides archivists, librarians, and others interested in teaching with primary sources the opportunity to engage in conversation and participate in engaging workshops. The conference will be held at the Utah State Archives and Records Service in downtown Salt Lake City. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday October 24th, 2019

Teaching With Primary Sources: How to Design for Active Learning workshop

This workshop must be registered for separately through the Society of American Archivists: https://mysaa.archivists.org/nc__event?id=a0l0b00000EI0pzAAD


Friday October 25th, 2019

9:00 - 9:45 am Keynote Speaker: J. Gordon Daines III, “Activating Imagination: The Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy and archival instruction”

9:45 - 10:45 am: Educators and Primary Sources Panel (Cory Nimer, chair)

• Robert Armstrong, K-12 Social Studies Program Specialist, Utah State Board of Education

• Dessie Olson, Social Studies Education Specialist, Salt Lake City School District

• Sarah Loose, Assistant Professor, History Department, Brigham Young University

• Wendy Rex-Atzet, State Coordinator, Utah History Day, Utah Division of State History


10:45 - 11:00 am: Break


11:00 - 12:00 pm: Archivists and Primary Sources Panel (Jamie Weeks, chair)

• Sarah Singh, Head of Special Collections, Weber State University Stewart Library

• Melissa Coy, Historical Collections Curator, Utah Division of State History

• Trevor Alvord, Curator of 21st Century Mormonism & Western Americana, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, BYU

• Alison Elbrader, Reference Librarian for Special Collections, University of Utah


Noon - 1 pm: Lunch (provided by Sponsors)


1:00 – 1:30 Principles of Backwards Design (Maggie Kopp)


1:30 - 3:00 pm Workshops

• Workshop 1: Lesson plans (Dan Davis and Clint Pumphrey)

• Workshop 2: Assessment and rubric creation (Maggie Kopp and Paula Mitchell)
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