C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

December 2, 2009

December Newsletter

Filed under: Newsletter — Jenn @ 12:14 pm

C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

December 2009

Making a List, Checking it Twice

One of my favorite things to do as a librarian is collection development. On one level, it’s shopping– flipping through catalogs, browsing websites, scanning displays, and making wish lists and placing orders. When my ordered items arrive, it’s a bit like Christmas– new stuff! What fun!

The other part of collection development is weeding– the closet cleaning part of the job. We all like getting new things, but sometimes it’s not as much fun to get rid of the old stuff. It was great when we got it, maybe it will be great again. Sure it hasn’t left the shelf in a year, but it might come in handy some other time. These excuses might sound familiar to someone who can’t bear to part with the bags of out-of-date clothes or unused still-in-the-box appliances that take up space in attics, closets and basements.

Some things that should get thrown out stay because there simply isn’t a replacement. The Library holds on to any number of cassettes, VHS tapes and even slide carousels (!) because 21st century versions aren’t available. If a student really needs the content, he or she will have this dated version to turn to (and a librarian to help explain how it works!).

As the semester winds down into Winter Break, I’m spending some time purchasing and weeding. I have a stack of catalogs I haven’t had time to review and a budget that has barely been touched. Perhaps it’s the lingering effects of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I’m in full holiday spending mode. This month would be a great time for you to send me your own Wish Lists– are there books you wish we had? resources your students look for? tools that could help you do your job?

I’m also looking for your favorite ESL/ABE/GED publishers? Who, do you trust? Who has the best offerings at conferences? To whom do you turn year after year for quality materials? Send along your favorites by email or in the comments of the online newsletter. I’ve listed some of my favorites below– visit their sites, do some window shopping and send your wish lists my way!

Happy Holidays and enjoy your winter breaks!


Grass Roots Press www.grassrootsbooks.net

Heinle ELT www.elt.heinle.com

New Readers Press www.newreaderspress.com

Oxford University Press www.oup.com/us

Test Taking Resources

Learning Express Library:  This electronic resource is one of the best known and most used test-preparation tools the Library offers.  LEL not only offers practice for students taking named exams such as the GED, TOEFL or occupational exams, but can assist students with placement test through the many skills improvement sections.

GED Prep: Search the Library catalog for “General Educational Development Tests Study Guides” and find over 60 books, DVDs and interactive tools for GED and pre-GED exam prep.  Many books and videos are also available in Spanish versions.  These materials are available in the Library’s College and Career Information Center.

Math Placement Test:


Books and Textbooks

Writing Placement Test:

Reading Placement Test:

Resource of the Month

Teachers’ Domain

From Teachers’ Domain: “Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television.  These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards.”

The content on Teachers’ Domain is geared for K-12 education, but the media resources and handouts can be used to reinforce learning for students of any age.  Subjects include Arts, English, Math, Science, and Social Science.  All media (audio, video, web pages) have accompanying information, depending on the subject– background essays, detailed lesson plans,   discussion/follow-up questions, and more.  Registration is free, quick and easy.


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