AAPB as a Digital Library for Teaching Media Literacy

Webinar recording, slides, and Student Inquiry Guide are included below.

Did you know that you have access to nearly 50,000 items of digitized primary and secondary resources from America’s premier archive of public media?

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH, preserves the most significant public media programs of the past 70 years as well as provides free streaming access to this unique material. The collection includes coverage of such topics as the Watergate Hearings, education, women’s and LGBTQ history, climate change, elections and civics, social movements, cultural events, local history, and much more!

The webinar will be led by AAPB staff, political and cultural historian Kathryn Ostrofsky, and media studies professor Joshua Glick. Following the presentation will be a discussion with YOU about how to make the AAPB more accessible in your classroom.

Webinar objectives include:

  • Gain knowledge of the AAPB’s open-access digital collection streaming 70 years of documentaries, news programs, radio shows, archival footage, and interviews.
  • Hear from educators about how they have designed lectures, organized seminar workshops, and created assignments using AAPB programs.

Classroom materials:

Webinar recording:

Slideshow presentation:

More about the speakers:

– Ryn Marchese, Engagement and Use Manager, American Archive of Public Broadcasting

– Kathryn Ostrofsky, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Clark University

– Joshua Glick, Assistant Professor of English, Film & Media, Hendrix College, Fellow at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab

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