Collecting for the Curriculum
The Common Core and Beyond
by Amy Catalano
September 2015, 239pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-967-9
$90, £70, 79€, A124
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Common Core is a hot topic for curriculum librarians. This book can make sure you don’t get burned.

If you're a librarian charged with collecting curriculum materials and children's literature to support the Common Core State Standards, then this book—the only one that offers explicit advice on collection development in curriculum collections—is for you.

While there are many publications on the Common Core for school librarians and K–12 educators, no such literature exists for curriculum librarians at the post-secondary level. This book fills that gap, standing alone as a guide to collection development for curriculum librarians independent of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The book provides instruction and guidance to curriculum librarians who acquire and manage collections so you can develop a collection based on best practices.

The book begins with a primer on the CCSS and how curriculum librarians can support them. Discussion of the Standards is then woven through chapters, arranged by content area, that share research-based practices in curriculum development and instruction to guide you in curriculum selection. Material types covered include games, textbooks, children’s literature, primary sources, counseling, and nonfiction. Additional chapters cover the management of curriculum collections, testing collections, and instruction and reference, as well as how to support and collect for special needs learners. Current practices in collection development for curriculum materials librarians are also reviewed. The book closes with a discussion of the future of curriculum materials.


  • Draws on current research and interviews with some of the most experienced curriculum librarians in the United States to help faculty and teachers better understand the Common Core
  • Provides explicit applications of the CCSS for librarians working in post-secondary institutions
  • Covers the diverse teaching strategies of faculty and teachers
  • Includes an extensive appendix with lists of books that support all curricular areas, as well as lesson ideas and other resources
  • Offers a regularly updated companion website
Amy Catalano, EdD, is associate professor of library services and director of the Curriculum Materials Center at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Her published works include A Global History of Child Death: Mortality, Burial, and Parental Attitudes. Her research publications focus on graduate student information behavior, collection development in curriculum materials centers, and the efficacy of situated learning strategies, among other topics.


"This text provides librarians with a primer of the Common Core State Standards, an overview of the role of the academic curriculum librarian within the standards, and offers text-specific chapters with accompanying resource lists. . . . As the book is meant to be a toolkit for professionals in the field, it does well in providing context for the discussion, outlining the professional research, and delivering clear and accessible instruction and resources. This is a useful and useable text."—VOYA, August 2, 2016
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