Curriculum Collection Policy
The Curriculum Collection is an essential resource that allows student-teachers and educators to access items geared to students across the K-12 spectrum, as well as materials that can be used to create lesson plans for elementary and secondary education. The collection is filled with books, multimedia, and interactive kits useful when teaching K-12, catering to different age-groups and ability-levels. Materials are not limited to education students, but may be viewed and checked out by all faculty, staff, and students.
Education and teaching-related materials geared to teachers, but not designed specifically for direct use by students or for lesson planning are collected by the library, but are not housed in the Curriculum Collection Room.
Specific information helpful for finding materials in the Curriculum Collection, can be found on the Curriculum Collection page. For information on borrowing materials, see Circulation Policies and Media/Reserves Borrowing Privileges and Loan Periods.
Selection of Materials: Materials for the collection are selected and purchased by the Education liaison librarian based on reviews, faculty recommendations, and feedback from local schools regarding the most current items that students and teachers require in the classroom. Cost and budget allocations are also factored into acquisition decisions.
Awards: The collection is constantly updated with nominees and winners of prestigious awards in children's literature. These include the Caldecott, Newbery, Corretta Scott King and Nutmeg prize winners, among others.
Format: The Curriculum Collection includes a variety of media formats to ensure a diverse assortment of resources is available for student-teachers. This variety of media includes textbooks, reference books, children's literature, and interactive kits. Please be aware that CD-ROMs, VHS tapes, DVDs, and periodicals related to curriculum and instruction, while not housed in the Curriculum Collection Room (due to restricted space), are available elsewhere in the building. Visitors may rely on the library catalog, along with signage in the Curriculum Collection Room, to find the specific locations of these items.
Praxis: The Library owns selected Praxis Study Guides published by the ETS. Important Note: Due to restricted space in the Curriculum Collection room, these guides are shelved in the Stacks on the library's upper level. Search the library catalog and type praxis in the "series" search box to view all available Praxis Study Guides.
Gifts & Donations: Gifts and donations that will enhance the quality of the curriculum collection are gladly accepted by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. We accept recently published text books and student resources as well as children's literature and other media that pertain to education.
Classification: Materials within the curriculum collection are classified according to subject matter and format. For helpful information about locating various types of material, see "Types of Materials."
- Books* are located within the Curriculum Collection room and separated into color-coded groups according to subject matter, e.g. Secondary Ed, Elementary Ed, etc. See Finding Materials.
- Educational multimedia* is located behind the Circulation Desk or in the Media Department on the Library's Lower Level.
- Periodicals* are located on the Lower Level of the Library.
- Kits* are located either in the Curriculum Collection room or behind the Circulation Desk, and are separated into color-coded groups according to subject matter, e.g. Secondary Ed, Elementary ed, etc. See Finding Materials.
- Videos, DVDs, and Music CDs* are located on the Lower Level, in the Media Department.
* All Materials can be viewed in the library catalog.
De-Selection of Materials: It is essential that the collection is filled with the latest in educational resources; therefore, de-selection of materials is a vital component of collection development. Materials are "weeded" out of the collection based on content, relevance, physical condition and overcrowding.