Library Resources in the Classroom

The BMF Library offers educators a rich resource for teaching. Innovative tools have been incorporated into the Collections website to allow students to independently investigate the collection and deeper their understanding of historical events. The BMF Library collection includes education resources, reference material, memoirs, fiction and non-fiction, materials for children and young adults, and a small multilingual book section. 


Worksheets for Students
The BMF has developed a worksheet designed to support students' independent inquiry into primary source texts in the Library collection. These guiding questions will assist students to place autobiographical texts, or excerpts, into their historical context and make inferences to deepen their understanding.

Recommended Book Lists
The BMF has developed the following recommended book lists to support students and educators with their reading selection. Copies of materials listed are available from the BMF Library.
Working with Catalogue Records
Library holdings are described individually in catalogue records. A catalogue record brings together information that makes it possible to uniquely identify a resource. Each record includes fields that describe aspects of a work or item, including title, author, publisher, date of publication, subjects and summary. Users may also find information about the availability of an item. 

Linking Related Items in the Collection
The individual record for each library item contains links to other items in the collection with the same subject matter heading (access points). The individual record also contains links to related holdings by place, historic event, people and organizations. Exploring links to related holdings gives students the opportunity to compare how different sources of historic evidence speak to common themes, historic events, people and/or places. 

Browsing the Collection
Users can browse the Library collection and filter results by subject, resource type, publication date, people, place etc. to explore library items relevant to their lesson or topic under study. This feature allows students to engage with the catalogue according to their distinct interests and learning contexts. 

Lightbox is a tool within the collections system that allows users to create, manage and share a customized collection of items from the BMF Collections catalogue. Students can save selected items from their search or browse results to their Lightbox in order to create their own collection to include in classroom presentations, lesson plans, assignments or group projects. Once a Lightbox collection has been created, items can be added, organized, filtered and annotated, and can also be viewed on an interactive timeline. View the User Guide for more instructions about how to use Lightbox.
  • Presenting with Lightbox: Lightbox collections can be presented in the classroom as a web-based slideshow. Users can organize items in their Lightbox by dragging and dropping to determine the order in which items appear in a slideshow presentation.
  • Creating a Shared Digital Workspace with Lightbox: Lightbox can be used to create a shared digital workspace in the classroom. Users can annotate items in their Lightbox with comments or questions and can grant access to other users via the “Share the Lightbox” function. In this way, teachers can create and share Lightbox assignments with students using the annotation feature to pose questions or direct the students’ inquiry into a collection of items. Similarly, students can respond to questions or share observations through the annotation/comments within the Lightbox. Creating a shared digital Lightbox workspace also enables students to collaborate with each other on joint projects or presentations.

Educational Resources in the Library
To support teachers and educators in their teachings on the Physique Era, the BMF has developed specific educational resources, including: 

Teachers' Guides
Teachers' guides complement BMF exhibitions and support classroom learning. They include pre- and post- visit activities, discussion questions, student readings, primary source documents, glossaries, timelines and recommended resources. Browse past teachers' guides in the library collection here.

Classroom Book Sets
Classroom book sets engage adult readers while offering insight into the Physique Era. They are commonly taught as part of LGBT curriculums and are appropriate for college students. Classroom book sets are available for four-week loan periods free of charge. Each set contains 30 copies of the book, and some include additional resources and readings. More information about Classroom book sets can be found here.

Discovery Kits
Discovery kits developed by the BMF are available for two-week loan periods free of charge. The kits place reproductions of primary source documents such as letters, diaries, newspaper articles, photographs, identification card into the hands of students. Students are encouraged to examine, describe and analyze the artefacts as a way to investigate issues of censorship. Teachers' guides are also included. Discovery kits provide the opportunity for students to engage with museum items when travel to the BMF is not possible. More information about discovery kits can be found here.
Mizer's black and white contact sheet, c. 1975.
Medium Format Contact Sheet
Mizer's black and white contact sheet, c. 1975.