Thomas Library’s New and Improved Curriculum Resource Center

Mural by Carly Sparrow for Thomas Library's Curriculum Resource Center

Mural by Carly Sparrow for Thomas Library’s Curriculum Resource Center


During the fall of 2013 a library student worker, and Education major, Kara Snyder, suggested a rearrangement of the Curriculum Resource Center materials to make the area more user-friendly for her and her fellow education students. With the approval of Doug Lehman, Library Director, a meeting was held in Thomas Library with Lora Lawson from the Education Department, Ken Irwin, liaison to the Education Department, Joan Pallant, Head of Circulation, and Kara Snyder in attendance.

A survey was conducted early in 2014 among Education faculty and students. Results were compiled and analyzed, and, with the overwhelming interest and approval of Education faculty and students, work on the project began in May 2014. Three library student workers and Education majors, Kara Snyder, Maggie Huffman, and Carly Sparrow spent countless hours over the entire summer bringing the project to its conclusion. Assistance from the Education Department was consistent and welcome throughout the summer.

Among the tasks undertaken were an inventory of the entire collection and the weeding of outdated materials. The relabeling of resources and placing them into new containers was also a part of the project. New shelving and new signage was added to the space. The entire Curriculum Resource Center was rearranged by material type.

A beautiful mural was painted by May 2014 graduate and Education major, Carly Sparrow, to draw attention to the beautiful new space. The CRC has been completely transformed into a welcoming and functional resource. More details about an Open House during National Library Week in mid-April will be forthcoming.