ERIC Number: ED188635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Materials Centers: A Dream of Their Future.
Kerr, Lucille E.
This paper presents an overview of the rationale of curriculum materials centers in academic libraries from their initial formation to their present status and envisions possible future roles. Terminology current in the field is defined, and materials centers are discussed in terms of curriculum materials centers and curriculum materials laboratories. A history of materials centers is traced from the 1920's when curriculum laboratories were first conceptualized, and the rationale provided focuses on two areas: the collection of teaching materials of all kinds, selected, organized, and maintained for use and study by students, faculty, and teachers; and the workshop or laboratory for developing and constructing curriculum and supplementary teaching materials. The first criteria is apparently being met, while the second varies qualitatively and quantitatively from institution to institution. Roles of other instructional materials centers are examined as each relates to a special subject field or to the teaching of specific groups of individuals. The future is postulated in terms of funds, human resources, and space. A possible enhancement of a materials center is presented as an addendum. The list of references cites 26 titles. (RAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governors State Univ., Park Forest South, IL. Univ. Library.
Identifiers: Materials Centers