November 30, 2000 Call for Applications for 2001 American Memory Fellows Institute at Library of Congress

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217
Public Contact: Andrea Savada (202) 707-8148; e-mail: [email protected]

The American Memory Fellows Program is an excellent opportunity for outstanding teachers, librarians and media specialists to work with the Library of Congress to understand better how primary sources can enrich the learning experience of students in grades 4 through 12.

This is a yearlong professional development opportunity, the cornerstone of which is the American Memory Fellows Institute, held in Washington at the Library of Congress in two six-day sessions: July 15-20 or July 22-27, 2001.

The American Memory Fellows Institute sponsors 25 two-person teams of exemplary grade 4-12 educators for their stay in Washington. Teams will attend only one session; however, to be eligible for consideration, teams must be available for both sessions.

To apply, use the application found online at

Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 26, 2001.

American Memory Fellows Institute

During the six-day institute, Fellows will work with Library of Congress staff and consultants, examine both actual and virtual primary source artifacts - photographs, maps, graphic arts, video, audio, documents and texts - plus learn strategies for working with these electronic primary source materials. Participants will also develop sample teaching materials that draw upon the American Memory online materials.

The Fellowship Year

Following the Institute, Fellows will continue to develop, refine and test their teaching materials with other colleagues and students. These teacher-created materials are then edited for presentation on the Library of Congress Learning Page at Throughout the school year, Fellows participate in online discussion groups. American Memory Fellows, as mentors to their professions, are also asked to share their knowledge with other colleagues throughout the nation at workshops and seminars or in writing.

Selection Criteria

The Library is seeking applications from two-member teams of humanities teachers, librarians and media specialists who:

  • Have frequent access to and a high level of comfort using the World Wide Web, e-mail and other technologies
  • Have experience using primary sources to motivate students, promote their critical thinking and help them connect history to their lives
  • Are active leaders in their fields, or have the ability to disseminate their expertise to teachers or librarians in their community and region
  • Work with student populations that are diverse (e.g. by region, income, race and ethnicity, language, ability, etc.).

If you meet these criteria, print out and complete the online application at You may make copies of the application for interested colleagues.

Remember, applications must be postmarked by Feb. 26, 2001. (No email, fax or disk-based applications, please.) Notification letters to all applicants will be mailed the week of April 23, 2001. Send inquiries to Andrea Savada at [email protected] or (202) 707-8148. American Memory is a project of the National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress. The Library, in collaboration with other institutions, is making available millions of items on its Web site at


PR 00-187
ISSN 0731-3527