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Support for Learning and Teaching

It is anticipated that teaching sessions in the Reading Room for the academic year 2021-22 will resume. Please contact Special Collections Librarian, Karen Backhouse, to discuss your requirements and book a timeslot. In the instance that teaching session are moved online, the Special Collections Librarian can provide images of the collections or record academics talking about particular items to help create a 'virtual' teaching session in the Reading Room. The final video is compiled and edited by Multimedia Web Developer, Steven Hargraves. 

There is also a series of YouTube videos available, under Finding Aids, to assist students in using the collections and to introduce the different formats of materials that may be useful for their academic studies. These videos may be utilised for online sessions if physical access to our collections becomes restricted.

Information Literacy Strategy

Special Collections is embedded in the Library and Information Literacy Strategy which aims to enable our students to develop lifelong information skills by using a range of innovative practices to enhance sessions. Sessions are designed in consultation with course tutors and there are a number of different ways to utilise the collections in a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, hands-on workshops, and comparative studies with online resources, to offer a unique experience.

All students receive an introduction to Special Collections to learn about what we have, how best to access the collections and to understand the regulations to be adhered to in the Reading Room. For interactive workshops students must receive a compulsory 20-minute training session in handling rare books to inform students of the importance of collection care and to familiarise them with using book supports and snake weights. Sessions are designed in consultation with course tutors to meet the needs of particular cohorts.

To book a session in A&SC or to make enquiries please email Special Collections Librarian, Karen Backhouse, or specialcollections@hope.ac.uk