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Education and K-12 Curriculum Collections

The following provides information on both the Education Collection in O'Neill Library and the K-12 Curriculum Collection in the Educational Resource Center.


Education Collection, O'Neill Library

Brendan A. Rapple
Education Bibliographer

Collection Overview

The primary purpose of the education collection is to support the teaching and research of the discipline of education.  The diverse clientele served include Lynch School of Education faculty and students, other B.C. faculty and students, B.C. staff, others from the B.C. community, visiting scholars and students, and other members of the general public.  It is a major goal of the collection to serve the courses taught by the Lynch School of Education and the research needs of the faculty and students.

A principal focus of the collection is on educational materials pertaining to the U.S.  However, there is substantial collecting in educational theory and practice of other nations.  The primary emphasis of the collection is research based with significant additional holdings in educational practice.  Principal subject areas covered include counseling psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, human development, curriculum and instruction, teaching and learning strategies, educational administration, special education, early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, higher education, educational research, reading and language arts education, history and philosophy of education, sociology of education, comparative and international education, anthropology of education, multicultural education, classroom assessment, supervision, educational testing, measurement and evaluation, educational technology, computers and education.

The nature of the discipline of education determines that most materials are monographs.  Clearly a large number of journal subscriptions is also essential.  Several years ago O'Neill Library greatly increased its subscriptions to education journals.  Though it is anticipated that the number of journals added in the near future will not be as great, new journal subscriptions will continue to be made as appropriate. The increasing focus on collecting in electronic format is discussed in Formats and Types of Materials below.  For collections in The Educational Resource Center, view the EK-12 Curriculum Collection below. | View selected resources »


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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
Because education is a field that encompasses so many other disciplines, the interdisciplinary elements of the collection are numerous.  The education collection is enhanced by our holdings in psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, religion, anthropology, literature, biology, health sciences, architecture, and other areas.  Though particular emphasis is naturally placed on collecting materials that are catalogued with the Library of Congress call number "L", appropriate education related works with other call numbers are also purchased.

   Formats and Types of Materials
Most of the monographs, serials, and reference works of the education collection continue to be in print on paper format. Collecting decisions regarding edition, imprint, and whether hardback or paperback depend on intellectual appropriateness, availability, durability and affordability. Libraries are naturally inextricably linked with the world of publishing. While much of the latter is still vitally concerned with the traditional world of print, its electronic nature is growing at a tremendous rate. Publishing's utilization of technology’s continually evolving capabilities is contributing to an inexorable change in research, especially due to the thriving improvements in data manipulation, not just of text but of images, sound, and videos. Complementing innovative production types of electronic research activity are new models of digital scholarly publishing that are ensuring that the dissemination of research findings electronically will increasingly be the norm. Accordingly, as O'Neill becomes increasingly a digital library, particular focus is being placed on collecting and providing access to electronic materials. Current full-text electronic periodicals in education and related subjects continue to be acquired. Relevant electronic bibliographic citation databases are also obtained. The Library is also purchasing a growing number of important multidisciplinary full-text databases that are valuable for much educational research. Retrospective collection of periodicals are increasingly in electronic format. The education collection also includes selected videos, films, sound recordings and other media pertaining to aspects of education. Dissertations and theses completed at other institutions are selectively purchased depending on the particular research needs of Lynch School of Education faculty and graduate students. However, the Library also provides the ability to download the full text of most dissertations completed at Boston College and elsewhere since 1997 through the database ProQuest Dissertations and Theses - Full Text. O'Neill Library purchases very few curriculum materials: games, elementary or secondary textbooks, individual tests, workbooks, curriculum guides (However, consult the Educational Resource Center Collection below for its collecting in these areas). Graduate textbooks are included in the collection if they are significant and make a major contribution to a particular area of Education.

Most of the material collected is in the English language.  However, important critical works on educational theory and practice in French, Spanish, German and other European languages are also added to the collection.  Preference is given to English translations, when available, of these foreign language works.

Geographic Areas (Subject Approach)
The education of the United States constitutes the primary focus of the collection.  The majority of the materials purchased concern aspects of American education.  However, there is an increasing collecting emphasis on comparative and international education.  Selective materials on education in Ireland, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other anglophone nations are increasingly purchased, as are educational works pertaining to Continental Europe, Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.  While the educational serial collection also focuses primarily on U.S. publications, more and more foreign serials, especially British, Canadian, and Australian, are subscribed to.

Time Periods (Subject Approach)
Primary focus is centered on up-to-date material on current theories and practices in education.  However, there is significant purchasing of works dealing with earlier periods, particularly of works concerned with foundational aspects of education, e.g. philosophy of education, sociology of education, history of education, anthropology of education, intercultural education etc.

Date of Publication
Current monographs and current serials are the materials most in demand in the field of education.  Consequently, particular focus is placed on collecting up-to-date works.  Nevertheless, in order to better serve the research needs of our faculty and graduate students there is also need for substantial retrospective collecting.  Materials published in the United States since 1860 and published elsewhere since 1800 are eligible for collection.  Earlier materials are judged for appropriateness for Burns Library.  When collecting retrospective materials or replacing missing or deteriorated materials, formats with a long expected life, such as reprints on acid-free paper or microforms, are sought.  Increasingly, appropriate retrospective materials are in electronic format.


K-12 Curriculum Collection, Educational Resource Center

Margaret Cohen
Head Librarian,
Educational Resource Center

Collection Overview

The Educational Resource Center serves the specialized resource needs of the Lynch School of Education students and faculty.  The collections include children's books, fiction and non-fiction, curriculum and instructional materials, print and non-print, educational and psychological tests, and educational software intended for elementary and secondary school instruction.  These materials are unique to the needs of the Lynch School of Education and do not duplicate materials found in the O'Neill Library. |  View selected resources »

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Interdisciplinary Elements of Subject Area
The broad disciplinary nature of Teacher Education requires that the ERC collections represent all areas of K-12 curriculum. Mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, and language arts materials, in a variety of formats, circulate to support the Teacher Education curriculum in the Lynch School of Education.

Formats and Types of Materials

General Collection: The ERC general collection consists of current supporting materials for teaching in all areas of the curriculum as well as selected current methods texts. 

Children's Literature: The ERC collects children's trade books and literature relevant to all areas of K-12 curriculum. Materials are selected for their historical importance, popularity, as well as their contribution to children's literature in particular subject areas. New fiction and non-fiction titles are continually added to the collection.

Manipulatives: The ERC collects instructional manipulatives to support teaching in K-12 classrooms. Math, science and language arts teaching tools make up the majority of this collection.

Educational and Psychological Tests: Restricted to Boston College students and faculty, the educational and psychological tests available in the ERC support the assessment courses taught in the Lynch School of Education.  In addition to the complete tests, the ERC collects and supports corresponding scoring software.  The test collection is kept in a restricted area and circulates only to approved students and faculty affiliated with Boston College.

Elementary and Secondary Textbooks: The ERC's textbook collection is continuously updated and consists of K-12 textbooks currently in use in school systems throughout the country.  Included are language arts and reading series, math, science and health textbooks, social studies texts, music and art textbooks.

Journals: The ERC subscribes to current journals supporting curriculum and teacher education.  Journals can be accessed both online and/or in print.  Check Quest, the online catalog, for specific titles and formats.

Curriculum Guides: The ERC subscribes to the Kraus Curriculum Development Library which provides online access to current K-12, early childhood education, and adult basic education curriculum guides from all over North America.  Many print curriculum guides also are available in the collection.

Software: The ERC software collection provides access to the most current software available for the K-12 education.

Video and Audio Tapes: The ERC collects video tapes and DVD’s that have direct relevance to classroom teaching as well as videos pertaining to the wider K-12 educational environment.  In addition, the ERC has a selection of audio materials (tapes and compact discs) available for curriculum support as well as recordings of children’s literature.

Visual Materials: The ERC collection contains posters, realia and a variety of kits, offering students a selection of visual materials to support the curriculum.

Geographic Area Coverage
The ERC collects materials solely relevant to teaching and teacher education in the United States.

Time Periods
The ERC is intended to provide access to the most current, high quality educational materials. The ERC does not hold retrospective collections or acquire historical teacher education materials. 

Dates of Publication
The ERC offers a state-of the art collection of resources for teacher education therefore current publications are the focus of the collection with most textbook resources published within the past ten years.