DemonstrationAlice Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, USA, Gardner Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States
What does it mean to share collections online? How can we encourage online visitors to slow down? Can a collection become a conversation?
The Social Welfare History Image Portal (https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/) is an innovative project designed to stimulate and reward exploration, while providing a platform for teaching with primary sources.
In its next stage, the project introduces the online annotation affordance hypothes.is (https://web.hypothes.is/) to empower learners, with faculty guidance, to create communities of inquiry and conversation that inspire close reading and thoughtful engagement with documents and artifacts. The use of “knowledge emotion” tags such as “interesting,” “puzzling,” “surprising,” and “awe-inspiring” encourages metacognitive approaches and higher-order thinking skills, moving the conversation beyond mere reaction and toward deeper, more nuanced responses.
The Image Portal presents interesting, provocative, and historically significant materials related to the history of social reform and social welfare. Topics include suffrage, temperance, child labor, civil rights, charities, and backlash to reform. Conceived as a networked “vertical file,” the ongoing collaborative site draws from the collections of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries and eleven partner institutions, including house and city museums, university libraries and archives, and seminary and synagogue archives. In 2018, the Image Portal received the Center for Research Libraries Primary Source Award for Access.
This demonstration provides an opportunity to explore the complete learning environment, including the Image Portal, the annotation platform, examples of learner interaction, and the use of “knowledge emotion” tags.
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