Class Visits to Archives and Special Collections
Hands-on Learning Experiences for Students
Archives and Special Collections welcomes opportunities to collaborate with instructors from UC Davis and outside of campus. We focus on providing hands-on learning experiences and developing skills in using primary sources, also known as primary source literacy.
Different types of class visits can take place with Archives and Special Collections, such as orientations, workshops, in-classroom demonstrations, assignment support, and small group activities. In each case, every class will receive a standard 10–15 minute introduction that covers a department overview and proper care and handling of materials.
Brief introduction Archives and Special Collections (4 min):
Process for Planning a Class Visit
Step 1: Submit a request
We require a minimum of two weeks’ notice from when the Instruction Request Form is submitted. We strongly encourage instructors to submit the Instruction Request Form as soon as possible since dates are limited (instructors who submit both their syllabus and the form are prioritized first when scheduling sessions).
Instruction takes place in a classroom that accommodates no more than 24 people, which includes the instructor and librarian. If your class has more than 22 students, please plan for more than one class visit.
Step 2: Receive session confirmation by the Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Confirmation of requested dates and times depends on librarian and space availability. Class visits must be during our normal opening hours on Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Step 3: Discuss your class visit with librarian
A consultation with the Instruction and Outreach Librarian will be scheduled to discuss the class visit and determine the best materials to use. You should share all relevant course materials with the Librarian including syllabus, assignment, etc.
Step 4: Request materials using the Aeon Request System
Use the Aeon Request System to request the materials discussed during your consultation with the Instruction and Outreach Librarian.
Step 5: Attend the class visit
Instruction in Archives and Special Collections is a collaborative process. The Instruction and Outreach Librarian and the course instructor (professor, TA, etc.) must both be present during every class visit. We are happy to accommodate those with special needs and must be alerted to those needs at least 5 business days in advance of the class.
What to Expect
While the proper care and handling of materials will be covered as part of the class, instructors can help prepare for a visit to Archives and Special Collections by encouraging students to:
- Wash their hands before class begins.
- Review Harvard Library’s 10 Tips for Reading Room Success.
- After the 10th tip, click on “WANT TO KNOW MORE? Try these advanced techniques!” to see 4 more.
- Upon arriving to Archives and Special Collections, students will sign in.
- Everyone must store their bags, coats/jackets, and other belongings in the lockers provided in the reading room.
- Only pencils may be used to take notes.
- All food and drinks (including water bottles) are prohibited in the Archives and Special Collections classroom.
Request a Session
Fill out the form linked below to request a class visit.
Be sure to email a copy of your syllabus, as well as other relevant course materials such as class assignments, to the Instruction and Outreach Librarian (Christine Cheng, czcheng_at_ucdavis_dot_edu) as soon as possible so that your session can be scheduled.