On January 31st, the school of education celebrated the re-opening of the Teacher Resource Library. The Teacher Resource Library was once located in the Mary Livermore Library, but has now moved to the School of Education room 137. Claire Clemens, a reference librarian who was hired to set up the library gave a tour around the library and showed me everything that students in the education field uses. I interviewed some students who major in education who come to the library often and asked them what they think about it.
“The library is very accessible; a great place to study and get on the computers” says Logan Oxendine, Licensure for Elementary Education.
“Did a great job with bringing out all of the children’s book; used to be an old curriculum, now it has upgraded” says Chelsey Cartette, Senior, Elementary Education Program. “Accessible children books; easier to look for books and supplies for service learning” says Sammie Carson, Senior, Elementary Education.
There were also teachers at the event who were able to tell more about the new library and how it is a disadvantage. “It’s a resource to provide for our students with the necessary materials they need with teaching in public schools and to accommodate the curriculum for their school of education courses” says Dr. Gretchen Robinson, Associate Professor(Special Education; Coordinator).
“We created this space with library books, ten thousand children and young adult books; also have textbooks that are currently being used in K-8 classroom and students can use those as a resource when building lesson plans and curriculum and doing class assignments. We also have curriculum materials, like the math manipulatives and kits they can check out to use with students, schools and with class projects as well” says Dr.Mitchell, Interim Associate Dean, School of Education; Department Chair and Associate Professor, Teacher Education.