The Grant

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program.

The Teaching with Primary Sources Program works with colleges and other educational organizations to deliver professional development programs that help teachers use the Library of Congress’s rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress collaborates with a consortium of educational partners. TPS Consortium members extend the reach and applicability of the TPS program by creating curriculum, delivering professional development to pre-and in-service teachers, and contributing to investigations of primary sources in K-12 instruction.

Their projects reflect focus on a diversity of teacher and student populations, professional concentrations, program approaches and geographic locations.

In August 2016, after a nationwide competitive bidding process, the University of South Carolina was one of 23 organizations selected to receive grants to conduct TPS projects and sit on the TPS Consortium, between October 2016 and October 2019.

Connect with the Library of Congress TPS site.

The Partners

The partners in the TPS-USC project have a record of success in previous collaborations, which helps to ensure that the proposed project will have a significant impact on the educational communities that it will serve. Click on each partner to visit their websites.

USC School of Library and Information Science

The school library program in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina is ranked fifth in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report National Rankings for the School Library Media specialty.

SC Association of School Librarians

The South Carolina Association of School Librarians has a long history of supporting school librarians in South Carolina. The Association is nationally recognized for its initiatives to provide quality professional development and resources for its members.

SC Department of Education

The Office of School Leadership in the SC Dept. of Education promotes equity and excellence in education by providing a continuum of leadership development opportunities and services. The SCDOE oversees 1,900 school librarians in SC schools.

USC College of Education

The Department of Instruction and Teacher Education is in the USC College of Education. The COE is a state and national leader in providing comprehensive, world-class preparation for teachers, counselors, administrators, and other educators.

USC Digital Library

A founding member of the South Carolina Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America, USC’s Libraries’ Digital Collections provide over half a million online primary documents concerning American history topics.

Follett School Solutions

Follett School Solutions is the primary supplier of integrated library management systems to school libraries in SC. Destiny Library Manager provides students and educators access to online library catalogues and other digital resources.

The Team

Individuals working on various parts of the grant.

Meet the team of educators and professionals working on the project. Click on the profile buttons for more information about each person.

Dr. Karen Gavigan

Dr. Karen Gavigan

Adjunct Faculty

Library and Information Science
Univ. of South Carolina

Dr. Daniella Cook

Dr. Daniella Cook

Associate Professor

Instruction and Teacher Education Coordinator
Secondary Social Studies Prog.
Univ. of South Carolina

Dr. Jeff Eargle

Dr. Jeff Eargle

Clinical Assistant Professor

Secondary Humanities Education
Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education

Dr. Jenna Spiering

Dr. Jenna Spiering

Assistant Professor

School of Information Science
Univ. of South Carolina