History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust invites library patrons (both students and adults) to become "citizen historians" and investigate how their local newspapers covered Holocaust-related events during the 1930s and 1940s. See http://newspapers.ushmm.org. The information that participants uncover is being compiled in an online database of US newspaper reporting on the Holocaust from 1933-1946 that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hopes will shape future scholarship on the topic. Submissions from citizen historians have also figured into a new Museum exhibition on Americans and the Holocaust which opened in Washington in spring 2018. The project seamlessly integrates media literacy into a critical study of history, leveraging an examination of historical newspapers to better comprehend how Americans understood information about events in Europe and at home during the Holocaust.
This proposed session introduces library personnel (including school, public and academic librarians) to a collections-based research activity. Patrons are encouraged to think critically about how issues confronting Americans in the 1930s and 1940s still challenge us as Americans today. Session participants will learn how they can use a combination of Internet technologies, mobile phones, databases, and old-fashioned microfilm readers to involve library patrons in authentic research in order to learn through library newspaper collections how their local community responded to the Holocaust. In the process, patrons develop important research skills, become more proficient in historical thinking and examine their local community through the unique prism of Holocaust history.
This session is particularly geared for library professionals who are interested in supporting teaching and learning with primary sources by means of historical newspapers. History Unfolded also promotes media literacy and critical thinking about news consumption as an essential skill for active citizenship, raising important questions about the relationship between public opinion and the press as shapers of decisions by policy makers. Session participants will be provided with strategies to engage patrons in historical newspaper research using online databases and microfilm collections. Navigation of the History Unfolded site will be demonstrated including access to user guides, handouts, lesson plans, previously submitted articles, social media and blog postings. Participants will discover how to support patrons as they investigate Holocaust-related news coverage within a local context and as they explore the response of Americans to the Holocaust within a larger context of isolationism, nativism, and fears over national security and war. Finally, presenters will share examples of prior successful History Unfolded programs including a teacher/librarian collaborative unit on the Holocaust taught at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, MI and several "Research Sprints" such as those implemented at the Library of Congress, Michigan State University Libraries and Willard Public Library in Battle Creek. Participation in History Unfolded has proven to be for researchers young and old a positive and transformational library learning experience!
ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.