Lesson One

Navigating the Library of Congress

Introduction

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, is the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world's knowledge in almost all of the world's languages and American's private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats.  The Library seeks to spark the public's imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff--All of whom seek information, understanding  and inspiration. Many of the Library's rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library's award-winning website www.loc.gov.

Objectives

  •   Understand the role/mission of the Library of Congress
  •   Navigate the Library of Congress website
  •   Access primary sources and teaching resources from the Library of Congress website for  instructional use

 

Activity 1

 

1. Click on the link below and view the Introduction video.

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/introduction/index.html


2. Once you have finished the Introduction video

  • Click on the Chapters in the upper right corner
  • Click on the plus sign in front of Chapter 1
  • Click on "History" and complete Chapter 1

*Go to Activity 2.

 

 

Activity 2

 

1. Click on "Lesson 1, Activity 2 - PMI" to download the file. Save the file to your computer. You can also click on the "Assignments" link on the left to access the file.

2. After completing this activity, save the file to your computer.

To Submit the Activity to:

jbee@ilstu.edu as an attachment

 

 

*Go to Activity 3.


Activity 3

 

1. Click on  Lesson 1, Activity 3 - Can You Find It "  to download the file. You can also click on the "Assignments" link on the left to access this file.

2. After completing this activity, save the file to your computer.

To Submit an Activity:

Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submission, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 1, Activity 3" saved on your computer. Click on the file and Click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button.

*Go on to Lesson 2