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Supporting Student Research: Keith Gorman helps bring UNCG collections to area schools

Photo of Keith Gorman. Keith Gorman, assistant dean for Special Collections and University Archives, received the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) EZ Literacy and Lifelong Learning Grant for the 2015 – 16 academic year.

Gorman said the grant went towards training Graduate students to design a curriculum with collections and archived materials. The curriculum brought collections and instruction to middle and high school students in four counties surrounding Greensboro (Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance and Rockingham). Gorman and a UNCG graduate student taught 35 classes and met with 1150 students.

The classes are designed to use both digital and analog primary sources to empower students with skills relevant in the modern workplace. Placing the sources into context, using effective strategies to access and analyze online resources are important research tools that Gorman hopes to offer students and teachers.

“Critical thinking and analyzing information is essential to everyone’s professional success,” said Gorman. “I want to give these students a glimpse of the experience most university students experience in an information literacy and research methods class – I stress that they will have a leg up on their classmates.”

While the LSTA Grant has been completed, UNCG Libraries continues to support Gorman’s program. For the upcoming 2016-17 year, Gorman will focus on schools in Guilford County.

Email Keith Gorman at k_gorman@uncg.edu for more information or to learn how you can submit an application for an archival-based research class.

By Daniel Wirtheim