Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and the largest library in the world, with more than 170 million items in diverse languages, disciplines, and formats. As the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, the Library is a symbol of democracy and the principles on which this nation was founded. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on site, in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill, and through its award-winning website: www.loc.gov. The Liljenquist Family Fellow will work in the Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives Office, which provides resources to help educators and learners effectively explore primary sources from the Library’s vast online collections. The professional learning team is responsible for directing and developing the Library’s efforts to make its treasures accessible, relevant and compelling to the nation’s K-12 education community.
Partner with experienced Library of Congress education specialists to help develop learning materials related to the Liljenquist Collection of Civil War Photographs. These will help learners engage with items from the Liljenquist Collection, build their critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. To see examples of primary source-based teaching materials from the Library, visit http://www.loc.gov/teachers and blogs.loc.gov/teachers.
Knowledge of K-12 educational philosophy and practices, particularly the effective educational use of primary sources. Teaching experience in formal or informal settings or museum studies experience a plus. U.S. history background preferred. Writing and editing skills required.