A Brief Histroy of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program

The Library of Congress began digitizing its historic documents, moving
images, sound recordings, and print and photographic media in the early
1990s. This effort grew into the American Memory Collection of more than
100 collections of digital primary sources. As the use of the Internet
expanded and interest in the Library of Congress online resources grew,
Congressman Taylor created an opportunity for K-12 teachers in North
Carolina called An Adventure of the American Mind (AAM). Teachers across
the state of North Carolina underwent professional develop to learn how
to find and utilize the resources of the Library of Congress' American
Memory website, which currently provides access to more than 11 million
digital sources. Senator Richard J. "Dick" Durbin (D-IL)
saw the success North Carolina achieved and
began expanding this project to K-12 teachers in the state of Illinois.
The AAM project began on the Southern Illinois University campuses in
Edwardsville and Carbondale, Illinois. By 2004 the AAM project had
spread state-wide to include Illinois State University.

In the fall of 2007, the AAM program transitioned from the Education and
Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas to the Educational Outreach
division of the Library of Congress. This transition bought about
program changes as well as a name change to the Library of Congress
Teaching with Primary Sources. The Library of Congress Teaching with
Primary Sources (TPS) builds on the success of the Library's previous
outreach initiatives, particularly the American Memory Fellows and An
Adventure of the American Mind programs, which reached more than 10,000
teachers. The TPS program works with an educational consortium of
schools, universities, libraries, and foundations to help teachers use
the Library's vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich
their classroom instruction.

Professional development opportunities provided under the TP program
include workshops, seminars, graduate courses, distance learning
courses, and mentoring to teachers of all disciplines. The professional
development opportunities at Illinois State University are explained in
greater detail on the professional development link. The ISU-TPS program
reaches teachers and library information specialists from across the
state through an online workshop course. Many teachers and library
information specialist from Central Illinois prefer the face-to-face
workshop course offered several times during the summer. If you have
questions about our professional development opportunities that you
can't find an answer for, please don't hesitate to contact our office.