May 23, 2024

UMW Libraries Launch Assignment Bank

The UMW Libraries are excited to announce the launch of a new website for instructors: the UMW Assignment Bank. The site is available now at

The UMW Assignment Bank is an online repository of course assignments. Its purpose is to help instructors share innovative assignment designs with each other. In the Assignment Bank you’ll find examples of assignments that your colleagues are using in their courses. You can use these assignments to inspire your own designs. Some assignments are available under Creative Commons licenses, so you can reuse them in your own courses.

All UMW instructors are welcome to contribute their assignments. Contributing to the Assignment Bank doesn’t just help your colleagues — it’s an opportunity for you to be recognized for your own innovative work. To upload an assignment that you’ve designed, go to the Assignment Bank and click Contribute an Item.

The UMW Libraries would like to thank Liane Houghtalin, Kristen Marsh, Leslie Martin, Marie McAllister, Woody Richardson, Mara Scanlon, and David Stahlman, for being the first contributors to the Assignment Bank.

The site was built by UMW librarians Peter Catlin, Katherine Perdue, and Angie White. For a detailed account of the site’s origins, see this blog post on the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies blog.

Librarians Participate in MARAC Conference

Suzanne Huffman, digital resources librarian, and Katherine Perdue, assistant systems librarian, presented at the recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) in Roanoke. Their session, The Interactive Experience: Exploring Technologies for Creating Touchscreen Exhibits, focused on their experiences in creating and managing interactive exhibits, describing useful tools, open-source products, implementation strategies and assessment techniques. Carolyn Parsons, university archivist, served on the conference’s Program Committee.

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) promotes communication and learning among professionals interested in archives, current digital initiatives and preservation of historic and cultural resources.