By Jessica Serrenti
The Rohrbach Library has dedicated an entire section of the ground floor just for future educators. The Curriculum Materials Center, located to the right of the maps and government section, provides books, kits, and access to online databases. The library science collection contains children’s and young adult books as well as fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. Education majors can also use the CMC’s kits to create lesson plans or interactive games for their classroom projects or when student teaching.
Librarian Karen Wanamaker oversees the CMC collection and has her office nearby to help students find the resources they need. She has also created LibGuides to help education majors find resources online and in the library. Students can access education LibGuides by visiting the LibGuide homepage and search Karen Wanamaker’s name to see the list.
Currently, there are five online databases for education research. To access these databases, students can click on the links provided below or go through the library’s website. At the homepage, they can be found underneath the tab “Research Tools.” Students can search by subject, journal, or name to find a database. If off campus, the database will prompt students to sign in with their KU login information.
This EBSCO database is the alternative to Academic Search Complete when searching for education-related topics.
The CLCD offers children’s literature titles and reviews that can be searched by a keyword and limited to factors such as age, grade, reading level, and genre.
This resource allows education majors to create lesson plans, curriculum calendars, quizzes, and printable templates. It also provides interactive games for students to use in the classroom that are geared towards a variety of subjects.
The database provides full-length videos for grades kindergarten through twelve that can be downloaded and streamed directly for use in the classrooms.
ERIC offers journals and references in all areas of education with approximately 1,000,000 indexed articles.
For more information on the CMC’s resources or education databases, contact Karen Wanamaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her office on the ground floor of the library, room 21.