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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Archival Organization

For a Special Issue on
Reaching the Next Generations: Primary Source Instruction & Critical Thinking for K-12 Children

Manuscript deadline
06 March 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Georgina Tom, Archivist at the ‘Iolani School Archives and an instructor for the Society of American Archivists (SAA)
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Reaching the Next Generations: Primary Source Instruction & Critical Thinking for K-12 Children

Special issue call for contributions 

This special issue calls for contributions from collecting institutions and staff providing primary source instruction and critical thinking skills development to children in grades K-12. Instructional sessions may include the use of primary source collection materials of a variety of formats including document based, textile, audio-visual, three-dimensional objects, etc. The issue seeks to add to the sparse resources available for serving this important user group.

The topic of primary source instruction is essential. Unfortunately, the majority of available publications in the archival field focus on services catering to post-secondary users of collections. Professionals increasingly seek to provide services meeting widely used educational standards which include primary source analysis; or, see the importance of nurturing student skills in primary source literacy, visual literacy, information literacy, and critical thinking skills; or, seek to promote their institution’s collections for other reasons.

Our intention is to highlight those meeting this instructional need in their communities by discussing experiences in programming or other offerings. The hope is for a collection of articles that include examples, lessons learned, resources, awareness and appreciation of the work of our colleagues. The desire is also to include voices of those which are not normally included in scholarly publications but are making valuable contributions to the field.

Submission Instructions

Submissions are encouraged from K-12 school archives; community archives; historical societies; state archives; and academic archives which are predominantly written in the English language. The special issue aims to represent the following geographies:

  • Western - Pacific United States (Hawai’i, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico);
  • Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan);
  • Oceania (Polynesia incl. Hawai’i, Micronesia, Melanesia);
  • Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Latin America

Topic ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Addressing the vast spectrum of learning levels and styles
  • Interactive experience case studies
  • Cultural and cross-cultural experience case studies
  • Primary source collections as change-agents
  • Hard histories and uncomfortable conversations
  • Writing and thought prompts for critical reflexion
  • "Selling" primary source instruction to teachers

About the Guest Editor

Georgina Tom is Archivist at the ‘Iolani School Archives and an instructor for the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Her previous work experience includes Reference Librarian at Hawai‘i Pacific University and Collections Technician at Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art.

She has served on the SAA Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee (Committee on Education); is a past board member of the Association of Hawai‘i Archivists; and, recipient of the SAA 2022 Spotlight Award.

She earned a graduate certificate in Museum Studies and a master of Library and Information Science with a specialization in Archives and Special Collections from the University of Hawai‘i. She also holds a Digital Archives Specialist through the Society of American Archivists.

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