The Curriculum Collection is located on the main floor of the Trent University Library. The Collection is comprised of a variety of professional literature, activity files, textbooks, readers, juvenile literature, etc. that teacher candidates can use in the classroom. Books from academic presses on educational theory and practice are placed in the main collection.
During the Bata Library renovations students can not physically view our collections. You need to use the hold feature in the online catalogue to order material that will then be sent to the on-campus service location. For more information on how to place a hold click here.
Curriculum Collections items can be located using the online catalogue (http://www.trentu.ca/topcat). Being an academic library, Trent Library uses the Library of Congress classification system and organizes material on the shelves via this system. Using Library of Congress means catalogue search strategies used at Trent can be transferred to almost any North American academic library. However, because teacher candidates have their own lingo focused on provincial curriculum, grade levels and lesson planning they often expect to come into the Library and have material organized on shelves by grades and curriculum. That is why it is important that teacher candidates learn how to use the catalogue so they can locate material.
The Library Skills Tutorials are an excellent starting point for learning the basics. Look on the sub-pages of the Locating Education Material VIA Online Catalogue tab for specific TOPCAT search tips for some of the most frequently asked resources. The Library can not anticipate every possible research need, which is why it is important to contact the Learning and Liaison Librarian for further assistance.