This collection is a collaboration between the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, River Valley Middle School, and Clarksville Middle School, all located in Clark County, Indiana. Please note that the student work in this collection is all in a rough draft form and has not been edited by peers or teachers.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s a librarian at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library in Jeffersonville, Indiana created a series of slide shows about the history of Clark County ranging from a general historical overview to shows focusing specifically on the buildings and industries of the area.
From 2014 – 2015 the Library digitized these slideshows through an LSTA Indiana Memory Digitization Grant through the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Indiana State Library. These digital images were used by 6th – 8th grade students in Mrs. Gipson’s classes at River Valley Middle School in fall 2014 and 5th grade students in Ms. Godsey’s library classes at Clarksville Middle School in spring 2015 to learn about visual literacy, “a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media” (ACRL, http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/visualliteracy).
The students each analyzed several pictures throughout the classes, working both individually and in pairs or groups, using worksheets designed by Eden Kuhlenschmidt (retired School Media Specialist at River Valley Middle School) based on the Primary Source Analysis Tool developed by the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/). Their last analysis worksheets were digitized and attached to the relevant slide image in the collection, creating a unique resource that demonstrates the skills the students learned as well as the personal connections the students were able to make by analyzing pictures from and about their local area.
For more information this project, please contact Allison Fredrickson at (812) 285-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.