rare books experience into your classroom
Use the Rare Books
archival research to undergraduates with customizable exercises and
Using the customizable
exercises and materials on this website, faculty can teach
undergraduates how to analyze and discern meaning from rare
texts, and students can learn the conventions of rare book rooms
and the ways to handle rare materials properly.
Faculty may use any or
all of these exercises, depending on their specific course goals. These
exercises are designed to be modular,
so they are independent of one
another, and each assignment can be adapted to the course's needs.
If you are new to the Rare Book Pedagogy Site, go to the Getting Started
All texts are available in the WVU
Rare Book Room (6th Floor, Wise Library) and have been approved by the
library staff for use.
The annotated bibliography
provides useful references on book production, marketing, and literacy
for the faculty. Copies of items listed in the bibliography
available in the WVU English Department office. A brief
list of Internet
resources for faculty use is also available.
If you choose to incorporate a module from the Rare Book Pedagogy Unit,
please fill out the attached
form regarding the module and its
effectiveness. Comments and suggestions to improve the
modules are most welcome. Also, in order to improve these exercises, we
ask that you send a transcript of your specific archive exercise to firstname.lastname@example.org