Collection Development Policy
The Education Resources collection is a special collection in Middleton Library, and its collection development policy is coordinated with the main library's mission and policies. Curriculum materials differ from other academic and research library materials in format and content level, so their selection and placement in the collection allow staff to render specialized shelving.
The Education Resources collection primarily supports the teacher education curriculum of the School of Education, particularly the methods and practicum courses, but also serves the needs of state educators. In addition, it supports the study of children's literature through courses in the School of Education, the School of Library and Information Science, and the Department of English. To a lesser degree, it provides materials for the early childhood development program in the School of Human Ecology and the speech and communication disorders program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students in several foreign language classes and the English Language Orientation Program also use the collection.
The Education Resources collection includes children's literature, Louisiana approved textbooks, classroom/teacher support resources, and reference books pertaining to these collections. It provides exposure to selective materials representing a variety of teaching concepts and methods which help students meet the requirements of education degrees and credentials.
- Children's Literature: Pre K-12 with emphasis on award winners
- A selection of children's books in foreign languages, multiple copies for leveled reading groups.
- Classroom/Teacher Support: Activity guides, units/lesson plans, teaching ideas.
- Louisiana Textbooks: K-12 student and teacher editions, teacher resource packages, ancillary resources.
- Reference: Information on authors, illustrators, national standards.