Curriculum Materials & Education Librarian: Alex Hodges
Summer 2013 Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday : 9am - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 6pm
There are no Summer 2013 classes meeting in the CMC.
The CMC collections support the curriculum of the School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH). Types of publications with the CMC collections include the following:
- Textbooks (K-12)
- Curriculum frameworks
- Lesson plans
- Juvenile literature (children's and young adult)
- Math manipulatives
- Computer software
- DVDs and VHS videos
Some of the supplementary materials (e.g. DVDs, videos, software, etc.) are located in Media Services, which is located on the University Library's lower level.
The CMC may be reserved for SETH courses, SETH student groups, or other education-related events.
Please email Alex Hodges to make a reservation.
Finding Curriculum Materials and Juvenile Literature:
Books and Media:
- search the AU Library catalog
- search the International Children's Digital Library (free online children's books)
- search for children's and young adult literature book reviews and sample content in the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (AU community only)
- search for children's and young adult literature author interviews and multimedia in the TeachingBooks.net database (AU community only)
Teaching Guides and Lesson Plans:
- search Curriculum Development Library (Kraus) also called KDCL Online (AU community only)
- visit the Education Subject Guide
- search ERIC (via ProQuest) (AU community only)
- search free, public version of ERIC
ERIC Searching Hints:
- EJ numbers refer to journal articles. Search the AU Library catalog by journal title to determine if the journal is owned in print at AU or another WRLC library. Search AU Library's Journal Finder to see if the journal is full text online.
- ED numbers refer to ERIC documents. Most ERIC documents published 1993 to present may be full text in either version of ERIC. If the full text is unavailable online (as is the case with many ERIC documents published before 1993), take the ED number to the Reserves or Technology Services Desk on the library's lower level and ask for assistance with ERIC (MFiche 8) in the Microform Collections.
About the Collections:
Physical items from this collection may be checked out by American University affiliates. The teaching collection materials are located just outside the door of Rm. 312 on the University Library's third floor. Others are welcome to use print materials or electronic databases on site.
- Textbooks: Sample K-12 textbooks for language arts, social studies, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages and music are collected for teacher candidates to use for curricular lesson planning.
- Curriculum Development Library (Kraus) or KCDL Online: Most KCDL materials (curricula, frameworks, lesson plans, strategies, etc.) are indexed from 1986 to the present in KDCL Online (AU community only). The print indexes are located in the CMC Reference Collection at LB 1570.K73. KCDL materials not available full text online are available on microfiche (MFiche 76) on the library's lower level.
- Additional curriculum guides are also located on the lower level as part of the ERIC microfiche collection (MFiche 8), and their ED numbers can be accessed by searching the free ERIC database. Also, suggested Web-based curriculum materials are listed on AU Library's Education Subject Guide.
- Practitioner Literature: Practitioner literature includes idea and activity books, items noted as containing reproducible activities (such as science laboratory experiments), books emphasizing practical teaching methods, and books on developing behavioral objectives and lesson plans. Additional books collected include insightful teaching anecdotes/tips as well as those that contain suggestions for parents and beginning school administrators.
- Audiovisual Materials and Other Nonprint Media: These include a variety of formats, including DVDs, videotapes and computer software, and are located in Media Services on the lower level. Math manipulatives and other such materials are located in the CMC within the elephant shelving unit.
Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Collection (LGCLC):
Items from this collection may be checked out by American University affiliates. The LGCLC materials are located inside of Rm. 312 on the University Library's third floor. Others are welcome to use materials on site. To learn more about the history of this collection and the work of SETH alumna Larissa (Rozek) Gerstel, please visit this site.
- Juvenile Literature: This 5,000+ collection of multicultural juvenile (children's and young adult) literature supports the School of Education, Teaching and Health's mission to introduce its students (and their eventual pupils) to issues of social justice and global understanding through the framework of critical literacy.
- Fiction and nonfiction works are shelved in the CMC by their assigned Library of Congress call number. Children's and young adult fiction mostly are shelved at the PZ 7 call number. Nonfiction call numbers will differ depending on subject matter.
CMC Reference Collection:
The CMC Reference Collection is located to the right, upon entering inside of Rm. 312 on the University Library's third floor. Items from this collection may be used only on site by all users.
- Reference Materials: Core teacher education reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes), guides and bibliographies for juvenile literature and their use in the classroom are available for consultation. Note: The majority of education reference books are located on the library's first floor in the main Reference Collection.
- Tests in Microfiche: (1975-) are located on microfiche (MFiche 54) on the library's lower level along with annual annotated print indexes. Duplicate indexes are available for consultation in the CMC Reference Collection.