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New Self-Directed PD module--Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs and Prints

The Library of Congress has just released a new professional development module for teachers, Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs and Prints. This self-directed interactive module uses video, audio, and online activities to introduce the wide range of unique visual images in the Library's collections. It also helps teachers discover the most effective ways to find, save, and use these rich primary sources to help students construct knowledge and build their critical thinking skills.

This multimedia-rich professional development module delivers approximately an hour’s worth of content from the TPS Direct curriculum. A certificate of completion is generated at the conclusion of the module. A total of six online modules will be available by the end of 2009.

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The New Teachers Page,

The Library of Congress has a new home for its teacher resources: the Teachers page at

For more than ten years, the Library has provided teachers with access to millions of digitized primary sources and the tools educators need to use them in the classroom. As of today, these tools are moving to a new, easy-to-find center for teachers just one click away from the Library's home page. Some of the new features include:

  • TPS Direct, the Library's new build-your-own professional development tool.
  • A dedicated home page for primary source sets.
  • Using Primary Sources, a quick introduction to the authentic classroom use of primary sources.
  • Coming soon, a new search tool just for classroom materials.

The full transition will take place over time, and new features will become available from now on, so keep watching for the latest developments. If you’re having trouble finding a familiar resource, ask our reference staff using the “Ask a Librarian” feature.

Whether you're a longtime user or just beginning, we hope you'll explore the new site, update your bookmarks, and discover the instructional power of primary sources at