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Education Resource Center

History

The ERC was established in 1999 in response to a proposal by three College of Wooster students: Amy Brown, Signe Helgeson, and Stephanie Hoffman, to turn what was then the Libraries' Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) into a more usable and inviting collaborative learning space for pre-service teachers.

Purpose

To provide efficient and effective access to specialized education resources needed by early childhood through high school teachers to develop age and skill-appropriate lesson plans, curricular materials, and classroom activities. Emphasis is on current resources used in contemporary educational settings. There are essentially two overarching collections: The Professional Collection and The Juvenile Collection.

The Professional Collection consists of:

  • Grade leveled, subject-specific idea books
  • Contemporary school classroom textbooks and instructor editions
  • Select reference books
  • Professional periodicals addressing techniques, activities, and standards for teaching in general and in the content areas
  • Review periodicals highlighting contemporary juvenile literature and media

The Juvenile Collection consisting of:

  • Juvenile literature, both fiction and nonfiction
  • Age-appropriate, subject-delineated kits and games
  • Educational media (cassettes and CDs)

Education resources with theoretical, historical, or research emphases are not found in the ERC, but instead are located in the general circulating, reference, and periodical collections of the College of Wooster Libraries.

Structure

The ERC is part of the College of Wooster Libraries. It is located on the third floor of Andrews Library and open during all hours the Andrews/Gault Libraries are open. Items for the collection are purchased out of the centralized College of Wooster Libraries' funds for new library materials and are owned by the College of Wooster Libraries. Selection of items to be included in the ERC is done by the librarian with liaison responsibilities to the College of Wooster Education Department, in consultation with Education Department faculty, and in keeping with professional library and external accrediting body standards.

Recognizing that ERC materials are part of the entire College of Wooster Libraries' collection, reasonable efforts will be made to avoid unnecessary duplication of materials between the ERC and other library collection areas unless high demand or special circumstances warrant additional copies of a given work.

Users

While ERC items are acquired primarily to support the teaching and learning of College of Wooster pre-service teachers, the majority of the circulating ERC items are available to the entire College of Wooster, CONSORT, and OhioLINK communities. All ERC items are represented in the CONSORT catalog and are subject to the same expectations for reasonable care and usage as other College of Wooster library materials.

Materials: The Professional Collection

Idea Books

Idea Books are books that suggest activities, lessons, or curricular content for a specific subject and educational level. Items are separated into Pre-K through Grade 5 (blue dot on item) and Grades 7 through 12 (orange dot on item). Within these grade-level divisions, idea books are arranged under the following subjects:

Alphabet, Phonics & Spelling Math
Arts & Crafts Music
Drama & Theatre Psychology
Games, Puzzles & Activities Reading & Study Skills
Geography & World History Science
Holidays & Seasons Social & Health Issues
Language (Foreign) & ELL Teacher Inspiration
Language Arts Technology
Literature U.S. History

Periodicals

These periodicals consist of magazines or journals whose primary purpose is to provide ideas for activities, projects, or curricula in early childhood through high school classrooms or to review currently available books and media as candidates for acquisition.

Current ERC professional periodicals include

  • AIMS: Activities in Math and Science Newsletter
  • Arts & Activities
  • Language Arts
  • Mailbox Primary
  • Mailbox Intermediate
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Reading Teacher
  • School Arts 
  • Science and Children
  • Science Teacher
  • Teaching Children Mathematics
  • Young Children

Current ERC review periodicals include

  • Booklist
  • Hornbook
  • SB&F: Science Books and Films
  • School Library Journal
  • VOYA: Voices of Youth Advocates

ERC periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title and may not be checked out.

Reference

These are books including manuals/guides for educational computer software as well as age or content-specific handbooks, guides, lists, or sourcebooks. They are arranged by Library of Congress call number and may not be checked out.

Textbooks

These consist of textbooks typically used in contemporary early childhood through high school classes and their corresponding instructor editions. They are arranged by Library of Congress call number and may circulate within CONSORT or OhioLINK.

Materials: The Juvenile Collection

Juvenile Literature

Collection of juvenile fiction and nonfiction books that are suitable for use in contemporary classrooms, pre-kindergarten through high school. To be included in this collection, items should be readily available for purchase/acquisition under current imprint, or should be of such a "classic" nature that continued demand for them leads to frequently reprinted or reissued editions. Titles selected for this collection have won a major children's or young adult literature award, are on notable book lists, or have received positive reviews either from the professional literature, departmental faculty, area teachers, or pre-service education students.

These books, while housed in the ERC, are also part of the Libraries' children's literature collection and are arranged on the shelves in one of two main sections:

  • Works most appropriate for PreK-3 students
  • Works appropriate for students from Grades 4-12

No distinction is made regarding specific grade level. Books are arranged in each of these sections by Library of Congress call number. All juvenile literature books may circulate within CONSORT and OhioLINK, except “Big Book” type items whose size prohibits them from being easily shipped to other libraries. The latter are located in the ERC Oversize area.

Kits

These consist of games or sets of educational resources addressing a common theme or concept. Kits may include a combination of books, media, manipulatives, or game pieces. Items in kits must be of a non-disposable/non-consumable nature, as they are intended for usage multiple times. Kits should be representative of what is readily available for purchase/use in contemporary educational settings, and should be in such a condition as to conform to current health and safety guidelines. They are arranged under the same subjects as those listed under idea books. Kits must be checked out in their entirety, not as individual component items, and due to their often fragile and multi-component nature, may only be checked out by College of Wooster library patrons.

Media

Audio/visual media (e.g. cassettes, CDs) that support a curricular area. They are arranged on the shelf by accession number and may only be checked out by College of Wooster library patrons.

Readers

Readers classified according to the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Book List, indicating increasing reading difficulty for each subsequent alphabet letter category. They are arranged on the shelf by Fountas and Pinnell level, and then within each level by accession number. ERC Readers may only be checked out by College of Wooster library patrons.

Acquisition of Materials for the ERC Collection

Items may be added to the ERC collection either by donation or by direct purchase. The College of Wooster Libraries will support the purchase of faculty-requested ERC Reference books, textbooks, periodicals, kits, idea books, award books, and games, within the constraints of the library budget.

The College of Wooster Instructional Technology (IT) department will support the purchase of faculty-requested ERC educational software within the constraints of their budget and available technology in the ERC. Original software documentation, installation software, and license agreements will be maintained by Information Technology in Morgan Hall.

Items added to the ERC must be

  • In very good to excellent condition (e.g. no loose or missing pages, highlighting, pen or ink notations)
  • A complete, original work or legal copy for library use
  • Appropriate for use in a contemporary educational setting
  • Of a non-disposable/non-consumable nature

Donated items for the ERC should be given to the College of Wooster Education librarian for review and application of the above acquisition guidelines. Items deemed appropriate for addition to the ERC collection with then be forwarded to the Libraries Collection Services department for processing.

Removal of Materials from the ERC Collection

As the ERC collection is meant to reflect material readily available and appropriate for contemporary educational settings, it is important that it undergo regular review by both the Education librarian and College of Wooster education faculty to assess the continued relevance, usable condition, and value of held materials, as well as areas needing additional resources.

as of: 8/16/10