An important feature of the free online site is a new build-it-yourself professional-development tool for teachers called TPS Direct. TPS Direct will offers any educator, at any time, the ability to customize professional-development activities for use at the school, district or state level for delivery in a face-to-face, online or blended format.
In 1990 the Library began a pilot program to distribute digital primary-source materials on CD-ROM to classrooms. The program, known as American Memory, has today blossomed into a vast web-based treasure trove of about 15.3 million digital files.
As the materials expanded and the need grew, the congressionally mandated Teaching With Primary Sources (TPS) program was born. In 2005, a full-time Educational Outreach office at the Library was established.
More background information can be found at the Library’s blog.