Category Archives: Instruction

Teaching for a New Audience: One Archivist’s Adventure

This semester, I embarked on a new adventure: Teaching a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) class! From their website: “The Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech is a member-driven, volunteer organization that draws on the wealth of academi… Continue reading

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Six Little Cooks: Narrative, Recipes, and Culinary Instruction

This week, we’re looking at another instruction manual for cooks. This one, though, isn’t for adults–it’s for children. And while we have shelves of children’s cookbooks, each filled with recipes and directions, this one is a little different. It has elements of storytelling, a frame narrative that runs through each of the 14 chapters. Our […] Continue reading

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Instruction, Reference, and the History of Food & Drink Collection

If it isn’t clear by now, there’s a lot I love about the History of Food and Drink Collection. In the last year, however, I’ve been especially excited about some emerging instruction opportunities. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I taught sessions that were both an introduction to Special Collections and an introduction to the History […] Continue reading

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S. Thomas Bivens and the Business of Food

February is Black History Month. Around this time last year, I was asked if I might be interested in giving a talk about African-American contributions to culinary history. Since my culinary history is learned on the job, I thought it might give me a great opportunity to explore a subject I didn’t know much about, […] Continue reading

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Getting to the Heart (or Kidney or T-Bone) of the HF&DC, Part 2

If you missed last week’s post, you’ll want to take a look at it here–Otherwise, today’s short post won’t make much sense. If you did tune in, or you’ve just caught up, you’ll want to check out the two images below.  These are the two “key” cards, that list all the flash cards in the kit. […] Continue reading

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Getting to the Heart (or Kidney or T-Bone) of the HF&DC

Even Special Collections staff who don’t spend a lot of time with the History of Food & Drink Collection have a favorite item. Many of the library staff and Special Collections visitors do, too. Some of our personal favorites have already appeared on the blog, and we’ll definitely see more of them in the future. We’re attracted […] Continue reading

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The “I” in RIS

There may be no “i” in team, but there definitely is in RIS!  And our team of reference and instruction librarians have, and continue to be, focused on engaging in quality and innovative instruction opportunities at University Libraries. During the 2011-2012 school year, University Libraries hosted a total of 475 instructional sessions in its classrooms (Newman […] Continue reading

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