Learning Materials Policy
The mission of the Learning Materials Collection (LMC) is to provide resources to support teacher preparation programs by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. Collection selection is done by the librarian assigned to the College of Education and Human Development.
Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Learning Materials Collection houses award-winning books and other notable titles for preschool through young adult literature. The LMC collects books winning awards sponsored by librarians, teachers, writers and publishers.
Categories collected include: realistic fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, folk literature, fantasy, poetry, chapter books, picture books, concept books, big books, multicultural, and graphic novels.
Bibliographies and indexes on children’s and young adult literature are collected. Relevant online databases and indexes can be accessed via Children’s and Young Adult Journals and Databases.
Children’s reference is not an area of concentration.
Reference books about children’s and young adult authors are housed in the library’s Reference area on the first floor.
Appropriate free resources, such as lesson plans and book award websites, are selected and added to Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards and Websites and Curriculum and Lesson Plan Resources.
The LMC collects a selection of children’s magazines. The educator magazine Book Links is also housed in the LMC. Other adult journals for children’s and young adult literature are housed in the periodical stacks or are available online.
Supplementary curriculum materials such as reproductions of primary source documents are also collected.
The Learning Materials Collection does not collect textbooks or computer software. There is no state mandated textbook policy, and the library cannot license client software. Multimedia formats are not currently collected because of insufficient funds.
Maintenance and Weeding
Award-winning books are replaced, if possible, when lost or in poor condition. Nonfiction books with no special significance are discarded when in poor condition, or if the material has become dated or misleading. Other books with no special significance are discarded when in poor condition. Non-book format materials are discarded if they are in poor condition or become obsolete.
Created April 2008 in cooperation with the College of Education and Human Development. Revised January 2017.
For more information, please contact:
Deborah Rollins, Head, Collection Services
(207) 581-1659 or drollins [at] maine [dot] edu