Congratulations to the project team for their work in proposing and being awarded funding as a Strategic Opportunities Grant from the UF Libraries! This is an exciting new project to support undergraduate research in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature by collaborating with Academic and Library Faculty to develop a new upper-division undergraduate course focused on the Baldwin. The overview below is from the announcement sent within the UF Libraries.
Expanding Undergraduate Research in the Baldwin: Academic and Library Faculty Collaboration in Course Development
- PI: Suzan Alteri
- Project Team: Terry Harpold, PhD (Dept. of English), Dan Reboussin, Shelley Arlen, Judith Roberts, and Missy Clapp
Summary: This project plans to foster the creation of a new upper-division undergraduate course focused on the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, to be included in the Department of English’s standard course offerings in Spring 2016. The proposed course will create new opportunities for undergraduates to practice original archival research, learn use of digital humanities tools for scholarship, and make intensive, highly-visible use of the Baldwin Library. Funding will be used to hire a graduate student enrolled in the Children’s Literature track to co-develop an original course in which Digital Humanities-based instruction and online deliverables are featured. Funds will be used to hire a graduate students from the Department of English Children’s Literature program to work collaboratively with the project team to develop course and the Department of English will fund the graduate student to teach the course. Major objectives to be completed during the grant period are to:
- Create course content to address learning objectives relating to developing online exhibits and metadata creation
- Complete the development of a blended online/in-person course (15 weeks) using digital and physical materials from the Baldwin Library
- Pilot the course during Spring semester 2016, monitor and assess its progress and outcomes
- Develop a guide for other Libraries’ staff that includes best practices and lessons learned regarding faculty and staff collaboration for course development, using other special collections’ materials held in the George A. Smathers Libraries.
- Develop a prototype for similar courses in special collections featuring online deliverables
- Increase collaboration between the Libraries and academic departments