Direct Link to Catalog
Using the Online Catalog to search the IRC's collection doesn't need to be difficult. There are just a few steps.
For example, if you wanted to find all the books by Joan Bauer, you would type "Bauer" in to the box, and then click the button. The screen then shows all the authors named with the last name Bauer. You would then click on the entry that says "Bauer, Joan, 1951-" to see which books by Joan Bauer the IRC has.
After clicking the link, you would see the IRC has three books by Joan Bauer: Hope Was Here, Squashed, and Thwonk. Maybe you're interested in Squashed, but are at home and can't get to the IRC until tomorrow. The best thing to do then is to place a hold on the book.
Placing a hold on a book lets you be sure a book you looked up one day will be there the next day. Just follow these simple steps to place a hold.
Would you like to see what you have checked out? Do you think you have a fine, but want to check to be sure? Checking all that is easy!
The vitality the Instructional Resource Center depends, not only upon vigorous collection development, but also upon careful collection management. In order to enhance the center's value and utility, care must be taken to insure that its collections are properly maintained. One important aspect of this process is the deselection of materials that no longer support the mission of the College of Education or the purpose of the IRC's collections. The process of deselecting materials requires as much care as the process of selection itself. It is especially important that deselection be viewed within the broader context of the IRC's collection development programs and policies. Like collection development, deselection of materials is a consultative endeavor involving IRC staff, faculty members, and other parties as appropriate. This document describes policy guidelines governing the deselection of IRC's materials. It does not provide detailed procedures for implementing these guidelines. Other detailed procedural documents covering different types of deselection are written as necessary and reviewed by appropriate bodies.
The same care and caution used in purchasing or accepting a title as a gift is exercised in deselection. Deselection decisions are carefully considered and subject to the conditions listed below.
The Director of the IRC will seek and arrange the best sale, auction, or exchange possibility, or other suitable method of disposal, that will benefit the IRC. All collection development policies are subject to revision. Sept. 2003.
The IRC is always happy to receive donations of new or gently used professional journals that are no more than five years old. Areas that are especially appreciated include technology, ESOL, science, and math.
The IRC provides older journals and discarded popular magazines to students to use for various class projects. We welcome donations of these materials.