Western Kentucky University

Educational Resources Center Collection


Audiovisual Curriculum Materials || Educational Methodology Books || Juvenile Collection || K-12 Textbooks ||Reference Materials


Multimedia Curriculum Materials

A large number of multimedia items are available in the ERC for use with K-12 classes. This includes multimedia kits, toys, games, DVDs, and other manipulatives. All audiovisual materials are available for circulation and are accessed through TOPCAT. DVDs check out for 7 days and can be renewed through WKU Libraries' homepage. Call numbers begin with an X to designate nonbook items. In addition, the ERC houses hundreds of educational and "family viewing" leisure movies in VHS and DVD format.


Educational Methodology Books

This collection of approximately 9,000 teacher education/professional development titles includes methodology, practical activities, and "how to" materials on teaching subjects such as classroom management, literature across the curriculum, etc., and covers all major K-12 subject areas and levels. All these materials are accessed via TOPCAT. The call numbers are preceded by "Ed Center" in the catalog and on the spines of the books. These materials circulate for 28 days and can be renewed from WKU Libraries' homepage.


Juvenile Collection

This collection of approximately 25,000 books includes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Newbery, Caldecott, and other award-winning titles are included. They are accessed through the library's catalog and include "Juv" or "YA" in the call number. These materials circulate for 28 days and can be renewed from WKU Libraries' homepage.


K-12th Grade Textbooks and Supporting Materials

Approximately 10,000 elementary and secondary textbooks, along with their supporting materials, are available. This collection is intended to provide examples of instructional resources for teaching courses in the public school curriculum from grades K-12. Since 1994, the ERC has been a depository for curriculum materials under review for adoption by the state of Kentucky.

All textbooks are cataloged and are accessed through TOPCAT. Call numbers on the catalog and spines are preceded by "Ed Center" and a general subject designation. Textbooks are shelved in subject area alcoves in the ERC and circulate for 28 days and can be renewed.


Reference Materials

A small reference collection pertaining to children's and young adult literature and to teaching is located in the ERC. Several public computers provide access to Microsoft Office software, a public printer, and the Internet.

 Last Modified 7/24/13