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Unlocking Potential Through Art: Spark Student Curiosity with Primary Source Literacy

Feb 22, 2024


How is learning enhanced when students are empowered to select, research, describe, interpret, curate and present primary sources for the public? How can collaborative exploration of primary sources and interaction with a visiting artist and creator enhance the learning of future library and museum professionals and other interested students?

Sauda Mitchell and Miriam Intrator will present a case study of a primary source literacy and experiential learning collaboration across states and institutions. It encompasses archives, archival research, artists’ books, rare book librarianship, instructional librarianship, museum curators and educators, and students in a Museum Studies Certificate Program.


Miriam Intrator is Interim Head of the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections and Digital Initiatives, and Special Collections Librarian for Rare Books at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has a PhD in Modern European History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a Master’s in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill. Her monograph, Books across Borders: UNESCO and the Politics of Cultural Reconstruction, 1945-1951, was published in 2019. Her historical research investigates the role of libraries, books, reading, and information exchange in times of war, chaos, and upheaval; her library research explores interactive primary source literacy instruction and budget-sensitive and inclusive approaches to rare book collection development.

Sauda Mitchell is a certified archivist, educator, and multidisciplinary artist with over 20 years of engagement with the arts, diverse communities, libraries, and archives. Sauda serves as Director of Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston Salem N.C. She is currently a doctoral student at Drexel University in the Educational Leadership and Management Program. Her research centers around marginalized student access to archives-based engagement in support of cultural competence, critical analysis, and as a catalyst for elevated cognitive development.