Contact Us

As a staff of four, we are eager to serve teachers in the ways that best meet your needs, bringing a wealth of resources to you from the Library of Congress.  Learn more about us below.

We all work a part time schedule and will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner, so please be patient, but don’t hesitate to give us a gentle nudge if you’ve not heard back on a question or request.

To contact us with general questions:  970-351-1555

Learn more about our staff below:

Anne Ryan Bell, Director

Anne BellAnne Bell has been overseeing professional development activities since 2001 and began directing the Teaching with Primary Sources program at UNC in 2006 when Library of Congress grant funding began. With degrees in English, Radio-TV-Film and Educational Technology, her varied background includes teaching at the high school and college levels, as well as communication and training positions in the fields of education, television, health care, and child advocacy.

Anne finds it very rewarding to hear how teachers are implementing the Library of Congress resources, tools and strategies, benefitting from workshops offered through TPS-UNC.

Among Anne's favorite resources on the Library's website is the historic newspapers site, Chronicling America, which contains more than 5 million digitized pages of newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, a great place to uncover slices of history as it unfolded.

Contact: or Phone: 970.351.1523



Mary Hart, Instructional Designer/ Facilitator

Mary HartMary has been involved in professional development projects for the past 11 years, having previously written assessment plans for courses and programs, developed and taught assessment courses to faculty as the Assessment Coordinator. She has developed workshops as an Instructional Designer to train faculty in design models for courses and programs. Mary, also, has taught college English and literature courses, as a full-time community college instructor.

Her BA in Communication Development/English, and her MA in English are from Colorado State University, where she is three-quarters through a PhD program in Teacher Training and Staff Development.

Mary is impressed by the scope and depth of the material available online from the Library of Congress and eager to share these materials with teachers for their own classrooms through TPS.

Contact her at or Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 970.351.1525.



Alvarita Thomas, Professional Development Coordinator

Alvarita ThomasAlvarita has worked at the university since 2001 and recently joined the Teaching with Primary Sources grant in April 2013. 

As the Professional Development Coordinator, Alvarita handles the office and record-keeping systems, plus correspondence with current and potential educators for our workshops.  She also manages the preparations for our events.

The Veteran’s History Project and other collections of oral histories are among her favorite areas of the Library of Congress web site. 

Please feel free to contact Alvarita with general questions regarding Teaching with Primary Sources, upcoming workshops, graduate credit, outreach opportunities, etc. 

Phone:  970-351-1555 or E-mail:


Teaching with Primary Sources
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 106
Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: (970) 351.1555

Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII