To the 1999 fellows my first comment would be not to worry about the
computer technology stuff. I remember being very concerned that I was not
proficient in html, etc., and only over time did I realize that this was
I would also advise trying to take a slower pace at the Institute -- I
remember it being a whirlwind of new faces and new information, and
sometimes the pace compromised our ability to assimilate new information.
In terms of the year ahead: the most difficult task, I think, is to place
the collections into an historical context. What's wonderful about these
primary sources is that they offer an immediate connection to people and
places in the past. This connection creates a false sense of familiarity --
we think we understand what's going on in a doc. or a photo based on our own
experiences. To get behind that, though, to time travel to that place, is
the challenge. And that challenge can not be met with the AM collection
alone. I was surprised by how difficult it was to find relevant secondary
sources to create that sense of context.
I also think that it's important to connect the on-line sources with things
in the real world. We took our students to a museum to look at objects and
meet a curator. I think that enhanced and grounded the lesson plan.
From: cooper middle schoool <[log in to unmask]>
To: Multiple recipients of list AMFELLOWS <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 10:35 PM
Subject: Re: 99 institute
>I would first like to congratulate the 1999Fellows for being part of what
>I'm sure you will consider a highlight of your professional career.
>Here's some thoughts:
> 1. Don't plan on doing much sightseeing after the day's sessions.
>of the buildings close at 5. BUT a night trolly ride is wonderful. It
>costs about $25.00 and takes you to many of the "major" monuments.
> 2. Take time to meet some of your fellow teachers for an evening dip
>the hotel hot tub and/or pool. It's relaxing and a great place to visit.
> 3. It's not the Olympics, but bring things from your state to share.
>forgot mine and really missed the opportunity to promote OK.
> 4. Don't believe what your district tells you about being connected to
>the Internet. I was told first of year, than Thanksgiving, then Feb. and
>now we will be ready by THIS year! Not having a back-up plan really put us
>behind with the "test drive" phase of our lesson. I intend to work with a
>photography teacher from across the hall now.
> 5. Realize that LOC will become a part of you forever!
>BEST OF LUCK!!!!
>At 09:32 AM 7/7/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>As you know the 1999 institute is less than 2 weeks away. This is your
>>chance to speak to them. Think back through your experiences with
>>Memory and *the lesson*....
>>.What would you like to say to them about developing a lesson? What
>>would you give?
>>What would you like us to say to them as new Fellows, meeting each other
>>and us Library folk for the first time? What advice would you give them
>>help them make the best use of the week?
>>Mike Federspeil and I will have one-half hour on Sunday to talk about
>>lessons and expectations. We would be happy to pass along the voices of
>>Fellows who've been there, done that.
>>So, sweep those summer cobwebs aside and think pithy and sage for a few
>>moments and send those comments!
>>ps - yesterday was 104 degrees; today is not supposed to break 100 (we'll
>>Judith K. Graves
>>National Digital Library Program
>>Library of Congress
>>Washington, D.C. 20540-1320
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