Runyon delves into library archives to inspire students

Staff Report

PIKEVILLE – The Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board awarded a certificate of merit for teaching to Amanda Jo Runyon, assistant professor of English at the University of Pikeville. Runyon was recognized for implementing the use of primary source materials into the curriculum of her Appalachian literature and developmental writing course by having students identify and describe various images from the special collections and archives at the Frank M. Allara Library on UPIKE’s campus. She was the first recipient to be awarded a certificate of merit for teaching.

“I have been excited to work with Amanda to integrate the use of archives in the classroom,” said Edna Fugate, archivist and reference librarian at the Allara Library. “This has given me the opportunity to share the history of our institution and our Appalachian area with students, as well as teach them about archival practices. We are fortunate to have an educator like Mrs. Runyon that understands the value of archives in education.”

Runyon’s achievement was among six awards presented across the state to commemorate Kentucky Archives Month which is sponsored by the Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Kentucky Council on Archives, the Friends of Kentucky Public Archives Inc., and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Special collections and archives at the Allara Library are also available to use in middle and high school classrooms. For more information, about the university’s archives or having Fugate visit your school, call (606) 218-5625 or email [email protected]

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