The CRC Collection exists primarily to support the Seidel School of Education & Professional Studies’ instructional programs by providing materials for student learning and research, faculty research, classroom instruction, and licensure and testing preparation. Seidel departments include Teacher Education, Education Specialties, Social Work, and Health & Sports Sciences.
Nevertheless, the CRC welcomes all SU students, faculty and staff to use the facilities and materials. Community members may also visit and use materials within the CRC.
When you walk in, you will first pass the Jim and Carol Powers Reading Room on the right. This is our quiet study area, also known as the lamp room. It’s a great place to get some serious studying done, or to have a quiet moment to yourself.
If you continue past the desk, you will find our large 14,000 item main collection of resources. This area is full of children’s literature books and puppets along with a variety of other materials. There are plenty of tables, study carrels and study rooms where students or small groups may work.
There are two special collections rooms near the desk; the Environmental Collection, which includes the Green Earth Book Award winners as well as other books that deal with the environment and environmental issues; and the Maryland Collection, which contains books by Maryland authors or illustrators or about Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
Hidden away is a seminar room which is for larger groups. Please let us know if you wish to use it or the special collections rooms for group study.
The CRC also houses the Social Work Collection, which includes licensing and exam preparation materials, near the desk.
Items in the collections can be searched using an online catalog and can be checked out at the service desk. Our friendly staff are happy to help in any way we can, so come on by the CRC and pay us a visit.
The Role of the CRC
1. To give teacher candidates and Education faculty easy access to materials useful in:
- preparing or supporting lessons
- gaining knowledge
- growing professionally
2. To house resources such as:
- children and young adult literature
- environmental books (including Green Earth Book Award)
- Maryland books
- Riall lecture tapes/DVDs and books
- other matierials
3. To be a repository for special collections, such as:
- selected art works
- hand puppets for use in teaching
4. To be a venue for Education-related festivals, book fairs and signings, special displays,
professional meetings, etc.
5. To give students and faculty a quiet place to study or work in small groups.