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Welcome Jamie Nelson as the New Head of Special and Collections and Archives at DePaul!

by Brent Nunn 5/9/2013 2:26:00 PM
Jamie Nelson comes to DePaul University from Augustana College, where she integrated special collections materials into the curriculum to introduce students to increasingly complex concepts and materials matched to their specific course level, discipline and instructors’ assignments.  
Reflecting on the special role that archives can play in student learning, Jamie noted, “Special Collections provide a way to engage students with the history and identity of the college while exercising and improving their writing skills.”  Nelson worked with students to complete research projects in several courses before they embarked on their two-term long senior capstone research projects in Special Collections.  With regard to integrating special collection materials into the wider curriculum, Jamie noted the importance of working closely with faculty, including "supporting faculty research in the collection, pro-actively engaging new faculty, and encouraging faculty who are designing new courses to consider adding a special collections component, and explicitly tying special collections instruction to information literacy and discipline-specific learning goals.”
Jamie graduated from the University of Washington with a self-designed major in American Studies, and a minor in Women Studies. She completed her MA in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa, with an emphasis on archival administration. Her own use of special collections materials as an undergraduate led her to pursue librarianship, with a desire to support active learning with unique primary sources.
Her continuing interests in the field include instruction, assessment, and dialogue about the digital representation of archival materials. Faculty who are interested in discussing the role special collections materials can play in their teaching and their students’ learning are encouraged to contact Jamie at
A reception to welcome Jamie to campus and to introduce her to some of our most active patrons of DePaul University Special Collections and Archives will be held Thursday, May 23rd, from 2:30 – 4:30 pm in the SPC&A Reading Room located in room 314 of the John T. Richardson Library. Food and refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

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