University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee|
Collection Policy Manual, rev. ed
|Academic Program Support|
The Library provides print and non-print materials designed particularly to support the instructional program of the UWM School of Education, the methods and practicum courses in the educational curriculum, and those children's and young adult literature courses taught in UWM's Schools of Education and Library and Information Science. The purpose of this Library is to provide--for inspection, evaluation, and classroom use--high quality materials which may be used with children from preschool through grade twelve, or for adult basic education. These materials are supplemental to classroom instruction. In order to ensure collection quality, collection development is based upon the curricular needs of the UWM Schools of Education and Information Studies. Materials selected are representative of instructional methods and materials used in today's preschool through twelfth grade classroom, as well as in an adult basic education learning environment.
To provide materials which relate to and support the profession of teaching and classroom instruction, the Professional Collection brings together a core collection of materials which deal with the practical aspects of teaching. Materials dealing with educational research, theory, or history are not acquired for this collection, but for the Libraries' general collections.
The Library contains resources appropriate for preschool through secondary education and adult basic education. Bilingual/bicultural education; language arts; foreign languages; literature; music; science; spelling; handwriting; health; mathematics; reading; social studies; early childhood education; adult basic education; and encyclopedias and dictionaries for children and young adults, are examples of subject areas included in this Library.
The potential use of materials is considered on both an immediate and long-term basis. In general, the materials selected should have received favorable reviews in the professional literature of a given subject field or in a standard review source. Examples of poor instructional materials are also useful in the collection, representing what not to select or incorporate in a teaching strategy. The following, not necessarily in order of priority, are factors important to the selection process:
Gifts will be accepted and added only if they enhance the quality and usefulness of the Library's collections. Gifts can provide variety, stability, and currency to the collection, especially in the areas of children's literature. Gifts may also include earlier and outdated editions of curriculum materials, or literature, since research may be conducted regarding the development and evolution of these materials. Gift books are examined and reviewed as closely as purchased materials.
Because of the nature and condition of some gifts (i.e., kits, older books, etc.), care is taken upon receipt, and prior to the acceptance of the gift, by library staff to ensure that the materials are complete, and therefore, potentially most useful to the clientele of the Curriculum Library.
Special De-Selection Criteria|
Deselection, or �weeding,� is an integral part of collection development, and involves continuous evaluation of the Library collections by the professional library staff. It is a task which is integrated into other library procedures and conducted on a regular basis. Curriculum materials should be replaced or removed from the Library's collections if they reflect:
Languages The primary language of materials in the Library is English; bilingual and foreign language materials, especially children's literature in Spanish and materials used to teach foreign languages, are also collected.
Although the collections contain older materials, emphasis is on teaching materials published in the last decade. Some older materials of historical or research value may be acquired. (See Collection Categories/Historical Collection)
Educational methods and approaches used in the United States are emphasized in the Curriculum Library. Also selected are materials issued or published by the Federal Government, the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee Public Schools, and other area school systems. Materials from other states and countries are selectively collected.
Related Subject Collections|