For immediate release | July 8, 2021

New from ACRL - "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook"

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook," edited by Julie M. Porterfield. This ACRL Cookbook brings together the work of archivists, librarians, museum professionals, and other educators who evoke the power of primary sources to teach information literacy skills to a variety of audiences.

As records of firsthand accounts, primary sources reveal something about their creators and cultural context. Combining these two elements is a recipe for a transformative classroom experience. "The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook" is divided into six sections, with an appendix containing the full text of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy developed by a join task force of Society of American Archivists and ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscript Section:

  • Meal Prep: Teaching Archival Literacy
  • Good Orderer: Teaching Search and Discovery in Archives and Special Collections
  • Food Critics: Teaching Primary Source Literacy
  • Something from the Cart: Exhibitions as Teaching and Learning
  • Takeout: Teaching with Digital Collections
  • Community Picnics: K–12 and Non-Course-Related Instruction

This work aims to provide an entry point for those new to teaching with primary sources and to be a repository of creative ideas for experienced instructors to refresh their lesson plans. It also endeavors to bring together the sometimes disparate realms of each of the professional niches of its authors.

"The Teaching with Primary Sources Cookbook" is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 9,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist