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

May 3, 2010

May 2010 Newsletter

Filed under: Newsletter — Jenn @ 11:28 am

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

May 2010

Spending for a Sunny Day

Welcome to the end of the semester, everyone!  With only two weeks until graduation, the pace in the Library slows significantly– in contrast, I’m sure to the pace everywhere else on campus.  My last library instruction session was last week, this is my last newsletter of the academic year and my schedule has plenty of empty space on it for the first time in months.

That empty space, however, gets filled up quickly with all the tasks that don’t get accomplished during the busy semester.  One of those tasks, is spending up my budget!  Last month, I mentioned that our spending freeze had thawed and asked for your help in making a dent in that unspent money.  I had thought that I had until June to do my spending, but I have a deadline of May 14!

I know that many of you are busy with end-0f-semester grading and instruction, but if you could take a moment and help me identify resources to support your teaching and your students learning I would greatly appreciate your input.  If you would like to be notified when your requested items are available in the Library, just let me know– we’ll send you an email to let you know that the materials are ready and we can even put them on the hold shelf for you.

I have a good amount of money for both audio/visual materials (CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs) and print materials, so tell me your favorites, the best of what you’ve seen at conferences, expos, in catalogs and on the web.  I’m happy to look into anything!

When I’m not looking for new ways to spend money, I’ve been working with our Library intern, Joy Norton, to compile easy-to-use lists of graded readers and short stories.  These annotated lists will be available on the ESL and ABE/GED Research Guides and will make it easier for students to identify the high-interest, low-vocabulary materials that suit them.   Do you use graded readers in your curriculum?  Are your students required to find short-stories for assignments?  Let me know your recommendations and I’ll add them to the list.

I wish everyone a wonderful summer.  Enjoy the break between the semesters and if you’re teaching this summer, don’t forget to schedule your class visit to the Library!  I’ll be here the whole summer and can help you incorporate Library resources into your curriculum or simply give your students a tour.  Send me an email, give me a call or just stop by.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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