For immediate release | January 20, 2012

New from ACRL: Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future.” Edited by Rita Kohrman, education resources librarian at Grand Valley State University, the book provides practical applications for curriculum material center (CMC) operations that focus on the fundamental needs of students, faculty and current teachers.

Capturing the evolution of the education collections and services integral to teacher preparation, initial chapters focus on the foundations of place CMCs within theoretical and historical contexts—their original goals, purposes and services. Succeeding chapters discuss how curriculum centers are evolving to meet current and future changes in teacher preparation. Among the notable contributors are Nancy O’Brien, Penny Beile and JoAnn Carr, all recipients of the ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. Carr is also editor of the ACRL publication “A Guide to the Management of Curriculum Materials Centers for the 21st Century.” Additional chapters are written by other distinguished practitioners and leaders in the fields of education and curriculum centers librarianship. This volume is essential reading for education liaison librarians, curriculum materials center collections and librarians, library schools and general professional collections.

“Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future” is available for purchase in print, as an e-book and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


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