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February 24 2021 - 14:00
February 24 2021 - 15:00


United Kingdom

About the Event

How can digitised primary sources help teaching and research? 

UKSG and Wiley bring you three speakers from different areas of research: a librarian, a researcher, and a learned society member, to give their perspectives and insights on the role digital primary source materials have in today's teaching and research environment. Join us to find out:

  • A librarian’s perspective on the importance of primary sources in teaching, learning and research. 
  • How scholars use digital primary sources to discover stories and content that haven’t been researched before.
  • The opportunities of cross-archive searching in contemporary and interdisciplinary historical research.


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Peter Foster

Peter Foster

Associate Director, Wiley Digital Archives


Peter holds an MA in History, and after a brief diversion in cartographic publishing has spent the last 20 years working with research libraries in the UK, Europe and further afield, primarily on digital archives. Formerly European manager at Gale, Peter joined Wiley early in 2019 and when not in the Scottish hills and moors, enjoys discovering something new in an old library collection.





Hugh Murphy

Head of Collections & Content, Maynooth University Library, Ireland


Hugh’s current role involves leading the Collections and Content department, which takes responsibility for the development and curation of all library collections as well as associated process such as collection management.  He has worked previously in University College Dublin Library and in the National Library of Ireland as well as lecturing in Information and Library Studies in UCD and book history and archival studies in Maynooth University. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in early 19th century history. Hugh’s main professional interests lie in the areas of collection development, library buildings, and resource description and he has published and spoken nationally and internationally on these topics.



Sarah Evans

Dr Sarah L. Evans

Research and Collections Engagement Manager, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)


Sarah Evans is Research and Collections Engagement Manager at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). A historian by training, she carried out her doctoral research on the Society’s Collections through an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award. Her research examined women’s participation in RGS-supported expeditions from 1913-1970, both mapping out the extent of that participation and then considering a number of women and their experiences in close detail. She has a particular interest in how we tell and write the histories of geography, fieldwork and exploration – and who is left out of these. She was also previously Research Assistant on the interdisciplinary AHRC-funded Hero Project, working alongside colleagues at Aberdeen, Birmingham and Durham universities. In her current role she works to highlight and promote research-led work on the Society’s Collections, sharing this work with wider audiences.




Kathryn Simpson

Lecturer in Information Studies, University of Glasgow


Kathryn Simpson is a Lecturer in Information Studies in the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow. She is a past fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh University. She is an Associate Project Scholar and UK Outreach Director for Livingstone Online.

Learning outcomes

  • How digital archives complement traditional library content.
  • How digital primary sources can be integrated into teaching and facilitate the development of syllabi and coursework.

Subject level and previous knowledge required

Introductory and non-intensive, no previous knowledge or experience required.


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