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Curriculum Materials


It is the mission of Mason Library’s Curriculum Materials Library (CML) to promote excellence in pre-kindergarten to grade 12 teacher preparations by providing access to high quality resources and instruction in alignment with the mission and vision of Mason Library and Keene State College. The CML exists to collaboratively develop information literate, ethical, and critical thinkers to teach the next generation of students. (draft 2012)

Please contact Elizabeth Dolinger (603-358-2749) or Jennifer Ditkoff for assistance with the collection.

Collection Development Policy

The Curriculum Materials Library (CML) is home to a circulating collection of curriculum and professional development materials for in-service and pre-professional educators. The CML provides pre-kindergarten to grade 12 materials for preview and use in classroom settings for KSC Education faculty and students and teacher preparation programs. Secondarily, the CML makes its collections available to any New Hampshire educator, including those who home-school. The collection is also available to those who purchase an external borrower card, hold borrowing privileges at t Keene Public Library, and via interlibrary loan.

Collection Guidelines

To meet the stated goals, the following types of materials are collected:

  • Resources about the teacher preparation field
  • Resources about K-12 student learning
  • Resources to support teacher professional development
  • Resources in support of the College’s education programs

Selection Responsibility

Selection of materials for inclusion in the CML is the responsibility of the Curriculum Materials Library staff and the Education faculty. Recommendations are welcome from Mason Library staff, KSC students, New Hampshire Department of Education personnel, and New Hampshire educators. Although some overlap with Mason Library is inevitable, materials for the CML are primarily hands-on materials that teachers can use in the classroom and preview before use in the classroom. They are selected with an eye to the uniqueness of the material; their match to the local K-12 curriculum, and with needs of borrowers in mind. Materials are selected according to the criteria delineated below:

  • Specificity of subject and levels of treatment
  • Demand
  • Strength of present holdings in same or similar subject areas
  • Circulation of similar items in the collection
  • Suitability of format to content and compatibility with College-owned equipment and equipment available in the majority of New Hampshire public schools
  • Price Other criteria:
  • The primary format is print; video, software, and two- and three-dimensional materials are secondary
  • Microform materials are not collected
  • The primary language is English
  • K-12 textbooks are normally not purchased; however, vendors are routinely contacted for examination copies
  • Lost or stolen materials will be replaced, if available and deemed to be still pertinent, as funds allow

Collection Maintenance

Weeding, or the removal of materials from the collection, is an integral and ongoing aspect of collection management. The CML uses the following criteria for weeding:

  • Date of publication
  • Whether or not there is a duplicate copy
  • Availability of newer or revised editions
  • Physical condition of material
  • Usage statistics
  • Potential future use


The CML subscribes to the Guidelines for Curriculum Materials Centers as put forth by the Association of College and Research Libraries. The CML adopts Mason Library’s position on gifts, confidentiality, and theft and mutilation of library materials. The CML also subscribes to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

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