Education Resources

Collection Development Policy

[LSU Libraries' Collection Development Policy Statement]

Education Resources, the curriculum materials center of the LSU Libraries, is a special operating unit 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 Education Resources allow staff to render specialized shelving, reference, and circulation services.

Education Resources 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.

Education Resources houses children's literature, Louisiana approved textbooks, classroom/teacher support resources, audio-visual materials, 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.

Resources include
  • Children's Literature: Pre K-12 with emphasis on award winners, big books, books in foreign languages, multiple copies for leveled reading groups.
  • Classroom/Teacher Support: Activity guides, units/lesson plans, teaching ideas.
  • Kits: Math manipulatives, science experiments, games/puzzles, models, general teaching aids.
  • Louisiana Textbooks: K-12 student and teacher editions, teacher resource packages, ancillary resources.
  • A/V Resources: CD's, DVD's, videos, both K-12 and professional development.
  • Reference: Information on authors, illustrators, national standards.
  • Assessment Tests: Access restricted to faculty and students enrolled in specific classes.
  • Historical Research Collections: Children's literature from the late19th and early 20th centuries, textbooks from the last third of the 20th century.
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** For more information about collection development for this discipline, please contact the appropriate subject librarian.