New eBooks: July 2017

Check out some recent additions to our eBook collection.

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New eBooks!

Check out recent additions to our e-book collection.

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

Facts about Autism

  • Autism spectrum Disorder also known as ASD is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges.
  1. Autism now affects approximately 1 in 68 children.
  2. Boys are nearly five times more likely to have autism, about 1 in 42.
  3. There is no cure, however with early intervention symptoms can greatly improve.
  4. Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders.

In helping to raise awareness we would like to feature some of the great resources we have available at McLure Education Library!

100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils on the Autistic Spectrum

100 ideas


Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Developing college skills


The New Social Story Book



The Social Skills Picture Book


Ian’s Walk


Carly’s Voice



Please check out our Curriculum Materials area for sensory manipulatives!


The Mystery Box

The mystery box

Gears Galore



 Coming Soon!!!!!

Sensory Balls

sensory balls


For additional resources please visit:


Special thanks to The University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic.  I cannot say enough wonderful things about this clinic and the services they provide.


Content created by:  Kristy Justice






Recent Additions to the McLure Library Collection, March 2012

 These titles are some recent additions to the McLure Library.  Rebecca Tischler, SLIS Graduate Assistant has written these reviews.  These books will be on the New Book shelf in the Current Periodicals Room, and then will go to the regular book stacks at the end of March.

Through the Schoolhouse Door

Through the Schoolhouse Door, Paddy Bowman and Lynne Hamer, editors. Utah State University Press, 2011. Education Library: LB1583.8 .T47 2011

Classrooms can be some of the most diverse places in the United Sates with so many cultures and ethnicities that are thrown together.  For years, folklorists and educators have been trying to sustain learning beyond the school classrooms as well as better connect the students to their communities by expanding the curriculum through engagement with local knowledge and informal cultural arts.  This volume offers a collection of experiences from school programs and the analysis of an expert group of folklorists and educators sharing ideas and experiences on how to make this happen.  A must read for any future teacher or educator.



Enhancing Learning Through college Employment

Enhancing Student Learning through College Employment, Brett Perozzi, editor. Association of College Unions International, 2009. Education Library: LB3611 .E54 2009

College degrees are more important than ever, but unfortunately, they are also more expensive than ever.  More and more students have found that they need to have a job in order to go to college.  Most critics believe that this detracts from the college learning process, but this book provides examples of how working during college can enrich the undergraduate experience.  A student’s job can become part of the learning experience if handled right.  For teachers, it also offers helpful tips on the assessment of student learning in both the design of the student employment experience and in the evaluation of its end results.



Cyberbullying Prevention and Rsponse

Cyberbullying Prevention and Response: Expert Perspectives, Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja. Routledge, 2012. Education Library: LB3013.3 .C94 2012

For those who find, or will find themselves dealing with children, this book is an important resource.  As the incidence and severity of cyberbullying has risen in the past few years, the experts gathered to try and figure out how to diffuse these types of situations.  This book is a collection of essays from experts around the country offering an explanation of the concept of cyberbullying as well as what can be meaningfully done about it.  This exploration of the critical issues surrounding cyberbullying is written in an accessible manner even though it is informed by research.




Professors Behaving Badly

Professors Behaving Badly: Faculty Misconduct in Graduate Education, John M. Braxton, Eve Proper, and Alan E. Bayer. The John Hopkins University Press, 2011. Education Library: LB1778 .B74 2011

For those who have had experience with a difficult faculty member (everyone), they’ll find this book imminently relatable.  This book discusses examples of faculty misconduct (Ch.1, which contains the anecdotal examples the authors gathered), and how to avoid them. Using data collected through faculty surveys, the authors describe behaviors associated with graduate teaching which are considered inappropriate and in violation of good teaching practices, as well as behavior norms that should be followed.

Selected Reference Books Moved to Book Stacks

We are moving things around in the Education Library in order to update the study areas. The Reference Collection on the main floor will be compressed to  fit on the shelves in the north wall, behind the computer stations, and the microfiche reader printer will be on the main floor. The Reference Collection will focus on materials published after 2000.  The older Reference items will be sent to the book stacks, and anyone will be able to check them out for personal interest, or a research project.  Here are a few of the titles we have to offer:


Fundamentals of Educational Research, 2nd edition.  Thomas K. Crowl. McGraw Hill, 1996.  Education Library:  LB1028 .C77 1996x

According to the publisher’s review “Excellent writing and excerpts from current research articles enhance this book’s comprehensive look at the fundamental concepts of educational research and facilitate student understanding.”   Some details are out of date, such as how to do an ERIC search on CD Rom.  The basics on considerations in designing research still apply, but the chapter “The cutting edge, using technology in
educational research”  does not.






Handbook of Literacy and Technology:
Transformations in a Post-Typographic World
.  Edited by David Reinking,  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998. Education Library: LB1050.37. H36 1998.


The introduction states, “A printed book about electronic reading and writing is not a contradiction, but a testimony to the fact that we are in the midst of a transformation that is not yet fully consummated.” The authors in 1998 could not have known how far we have come with the World Wide Web, online articles and e-books.   It looks like they hit the mark.  The book is also available as an e-book.





Handbook of Research on School Supervision. edited by Gerald R. Firth, Edward F. Pajak. Macmillan, Library Reference, c1998.   Education Library: LB 2806.4 H 36 1998.


This book traces its lineage to the Handbook of Research on Teaching, edited by Nathaniel Gage in 1963. Its purpose is to assemble the major scholarship and research of the field in a single volume; identifying the boundaries, concepts, and methods of inquiry in the field of research on school supervision.  As in most research reviews, each chapter offers an historical overview.  These are still useful;  one has to keep the publication date in mind.





International Encyclopedia of Teaching and Teacher Education, 2nd edition Edited by Lorin W. Anderson, Pergamon, 1995.  Education Library:  LB 1025.3 I58 1995.

This volume is intended for those who wish to obtain an overview of a specific area of education in a relatively short period of time. Members of this audience include graduate students, university professors working outside of their area of expertise,  or elementary and secondary teachers searching for a body of knowledge to inform, guide and/or justify their teaching practices.   Computerized databases are more extensive and more readily accessed, but the encyclopedia’s
review articles are more selective, and their research summaries are set in aframework decided by distinguished contributors, all experts in their field.  This is their strength, and also the source for their potential weakness.  Examples of entries include:  Teachers as Researchers,by S. Hollingsworth  Class Size, by J.D. Finn.

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School Improvement

Engaging the Disengaged: How Schools Can Help Struggling Students Succeed (Corwin Press) by Dr. Lois Brown Easton Dr. Easton directs the reader to the moral imperative of educating all students, specifically those students needing the most help. They are the “dis” kids: disinterested, disappointed, disenchanted, discredited, disenfranchised. This book describes practices and changes that educators have made to the culture of schools to better serve all learners, especially those who are disengaged. Easton’s book, Engaging the Disengaged, is an outstanding contribution with a potential to influence educational practices.


Engaging the disengaged : how schools can help struggling students succeed / Lois Brown Easton.  Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, c2008.   Education Library:  LB2822.82  .E27 2008