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 millions of 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) program 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. Members of the Teaching with Primary Sources Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit www.loc.gov/teachers/tps to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states
Professional development opportunities provided under the TPS-ISU 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 TPS-ISU program reaches teachers and library information specialists from across the state through online graduate courses. 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.