Teaching in Special Collections
The Special Collections Research Center supports the teaching mission of the University. Each year the Special Collections Research Center hosts a diverse range of classes, which visit to make use of our collections of rare books, archives, and manuscripts.
The Marie Louise Rosenthal Seminar Room
- Technology-friendly classroom designed to provide instructors an opportunity to conduct hands-on, in-depth use of the collections with their students in a classroom setting
- Features a document camera, plasma screen displays, media players, and easy laptop connections
- Allows instructors to integrate both paper-based primary resources and online electronic resources into their teaching
- Suitable for classes of 20 students or less
- Suitable for larger classes (over 20 students) or those classes using large format materials.
- Equipped with a computer, projector and screen, surround-sound system, media players and easy laptop connections to the screen display
Scheduling a Class Visit
- Visit us in person or send us your request. Please include the class title and size, as well as preferred date and time of class meeting.
- If you are an elementary, middle, or high school teacher, please visit our schools page for more information.
- Please make your reservation at least one week in advance.
- The Seminar Room and the Classroom can be reserved for individual sessions, or, if a class will be making use of Special Collections materials throughout the quarter, for the entire quarter.
- Once you have confirmed your class visit, select items for your class using our online request system.
- If you would like to have a member of the Special Collections staff speak to your class, we can arrange for a variety of presentations, from a ten-minute introduction to a full class session.
- Special Collections staff members often teach class sessions devoted to our holdings in a specific subject area, lead introductory sessions on archival research, and provide general overviews of the history of printing, among many others topics.
- Librarians can help you locate materials in Special Collections to support your teaching. We have extensive knowledge of the collections, so please don't hesitate to contact us for suggestions for item selection.
- Faculty are also welcome to teach in Special Collections with only minimal staff involvement. We can provide you with the materials and space that you need, and leave you with your students.
- Special Collections librarians are happy to meet with faculty to create assignments based on the collections. Consulting with Special Collections staff in advance will help us to prepare for student needs.
Preparing for a Class Visit
- The guidelines that apply to the Special Collections Reading Room also apply to the Seminar Room. Please distribute these guidelines to your students before class.
- A librarian will be present to greet your class. Before entering the classroom, faculty and students will be asked to check their coats and bags in our locker room. Visitors may use pencil only (we have an ample supply). Food and beverages are not allowed.
- Students and faculty are welcome to take notebooks, secondary sources, and laptop computers into the classroom.