- Location: Curriculum
Laboratory (Level 11 of the University Library)
- Information questions, general
inquiries, or circulation questions: Phone the Curriculum
Laboratory Information Service Desk at
403-329-2288 or ask
your question on-line.
- The Curriculum Laboratory is a learning resource centre
designed to support the Faculty of Education's
teacher education program. It may
help to think of the Curriculum Laboratory as
a support for the practice of teaching,
and the Main Library education collection as a
support for the theory of education. Multi-format
materials relevant to the Alberta school curriculum
are available for loan and/or preview. Equipment,
including a paper cutter, hole punch, video machines,
opaque and overhead projectors, a scanner, and
a light table, is provided to assist users in
the preparation of A/V materials.
- The collection and facilities of the Curriculum
Laboratory are available to users during the Main
Library's hours of operation. All circulating
materials are checked in and out at the Library's
General Services Desk.
The following are short, factual answers to our
most frequently asked questions. If you need more
detailed information or require in-depth reference
assistance we will be pleased to assist you in person.
The main goal of our borrowing guidelines is to
give the maximum number of student teachers the
best possible access to our limited amount of materials.
- When is the Curriculum Lab open?
Normally we are staffed Monday - Friday from 8:30
am - 4:30 pm. You have access to our collection
and facilities all the open
hours of the University Library.
- I don't go to the University of Lethbridge
but may I use the Curriculum Lab? Yes,
you may purchase a Community Borrower card from
The University Library's General Services Desk.
The cost is $30.00 for the general
public, or $15.00 for alumni.
For further details contact The University Library's
General Services Desk at 403-329-2265.
- I don't go to the University of Lethbridge
but I do have an Alberta Library (TAL) card. May
I use this card to borrow materials from the Curriculum
Lab? The Curriculum Lab is not
able to participate in the TAL program due to
limited resources. You may purchase a University
Library Community Borrower's card from the University
Library's General Services Desk. For further details
contact The General Services Desk at 403-329-2265.
- Who can sign out Curriculum Lab material?
Anyone with current borrowing privileges at the
University Library may borrow Curriculum Laboratory resources.
- What is the loan period? Faculty,
staff and students have a 3 week loan with the option to
renew twice, subject to recall during the renewal period.
Community Borrowers qualify for a 3 week loan with
- How many items may I sign out?
As a student, faculty or staff member there is
no limit to the number of materials you may sign
out. If you are a Community Borrower you may sign
out five items, including items from the University
- May I renew? Students, faculty
or staff members may renew twice. However, materials
are subject to recall. You may renew over the
phone 403-329-2265, or in person with your card at
the University Library's General Services Desk.
You can also renew
on-line. Community borrowers and alumni may renew once,
subject to a recall.
- What are the fines for overdue items?
Fines on regular loans are 50 cents per day
per item. For example four items one week
overdue would cost you $14.00. The maximum
overdue fine per item is $15.00. After that,
you are billed for the item.
- What if an item I need is out on loan?
Students, faculty or staff members may place a
Hold or a Recall on the item. To do this go to
University Library's General Services Desk in
person with your card and the item's title. OR,
You may choose the online Request button
at the top of the screen once you have selected
a specific title in the Library Catalogue, and
then follow the directions given. Please note that you
can only use the Request button if the
item is "in process" or signed out to
someone else. We always
encourage students to browse the shelves for materials
that are already available to be checked-out,
BEFORE asking for items to be Recalled or a Hold
put on them. You can always ask a Curriculum Lab
librarian to suggest other alternate materials.
A hold or a recall will be processed for
you and when the item is available you will be
notified. This service is not available to Community
Borrowers. If an item you have out is recalled,
you will be mailed a recall notice. Fines
for overdue recalled material is $1.50/day.
- Before signing out a kit or a multi-piece item, check
to make sure all the pieces are included.
Lost items and missing pieces are subject to replacement
charges. If you are charged for a missing
library item, there will be a $25.00 "processing"
fee added to the charge.
- Is it possible to search the Library
Catalogue and limit to items located in the Curriculum Lab?
Yes, after you have completed your initial search,
you may limit your search by location. For example, searching by the Keyword "Bears" you will
get a hit of about 286 items.
At this point select the button "Redo search," and then limit by "
Location."Choose "U of L - Curriculum Lab"
in that pull-down menu.
Your search will be reduced to 192 entries located
in the Curriculum Lab.
- How do you search the Library Catalogue
for fiction on a specific subject? Using
the Search by Subject feature on the Library Catalogue,
enter your subject and add "fiction"
to it. For example, Bears fiction.
- How do I find novel studies?
Using the Search by Title feature in the Library
Catalogue, enter the title of the novel
you wish to study. You will find that
in addition to the novel itself, we have material
to support some novels. For example enter Charlotte's
Web, and you will find the novel, activities and
some novel studies. If you do not have a specific
novel in mind the subject headings Fiction
Study and Teaching or Children's
Literature Study and Teaching,
will assist you.
- What does it mean when an item I am
interested in is either "in process" or "on order"?
An item that is "in process" is a new acquisition
and has not yet been fully catalogued and made
ready for the shelves. Students, faculty and staff
may Rush Request an item by filling
out a request form at any Information Services
Desk, to be handed in at the University Library's
General Services Desk. OR, You may choose the
online Request button at the top of the
screen once you have selected a specific title
in the Library Catalogue, and then follow the
directions given. Please note that you can only use
the Request button if the item is "in
process" or signed out to someone else. You
will be notified by e-mail when it is ready for
pick up: this may take up to 3 weeks. Community
Borrowers are not able to place a rush request
on Curriculum Lab materials.
We always encourage students to browse the shelves
for materials that are already available to be
checked-out, BEFORE asking for items to be Rush-processed.
You can always ask a Curriculum Lab librarian
to suggest other alternate materials. An
"on order" message occurs when we are waiting for it
from a publisher, and it cannot be requested to be
Rush-processed since we do not have the item yet.
- What is the difference between Circulating
and Non-Circulating resources? We order
two copies of many textbook resources, one of
which circulates and the other is available for
use in the Curriculum Lab and is labeled Reference.
- How do I find out which textbooks are
to be used for teaching a specific subject?
The Curriculum Lab orders most resources which
have been approved for use in the classroom by
Alberta Education. We order these items from the
Learning Resources Centre (LRC). To find out what
resources are recommended by Alberta Education:
- Go to the Curriculum Laboratory
- Click on the link "Alberta
Education Authorized Resources Database."
- You can select your "Curriculum Area," and "Grade
Level." The resulting long list of resources will include
items such as student textbooks, teacher's manuals, student workbooks,
blackline masters, test banks, other books, CD-ROMs, DVDs, distance
education resources, etc.
- If you only want to find out which resources are considered the basic
textbooks for that grade and subject, do the same search as above,
except choose "Student Basic " from the "Authorization
- Is it possible to find items for a
specific grade level on a particular topic?
Yes and No. Resources approved by Alberta Education
have grade designations in the call number.
Resources ordered to supplement the Alberta curriculum
do not have grade designations. The best way for
you to find materials is to do a Search
by Subject using the Library Catalogue and limiting
your search to the Curriculum Lab. Look at all
the entries. Any entries that do not have a grade
level designation in the call number need
your perusal to determine appropriateness for
the students with whom you are working.
detailed overview of Curriculum Publications
in the Curriculum Lab can be found under "Handouts."
- What are Curriculum Publications?
Curriculum Publications are officially approved
descriptions of prescribed curricula. In Alberta,
these include the Program of Studies,
which provides an overview of the prescribed curriculum
for all subjects. Core curriculum documents such
Teacher Resource Manuals
and Guides to
provide suggestions for delivery
of prescribed curriculum. These resources are
subject specific and often limited by grade level
(e.g.. Language Arts Gr. 7-9). The format and
detail varies among subjects and there may not
be a Curriculum Guide and/or a Teacher Resource
Manual for each subject and grade.
lists most of the online curriculum documents for most subjects,
including some recent Online Guides to Implementation. Online lesson
plans and resources can be found integrated with Alberta Program of
Studies objectives, for some subjects. For more information,
do not hesitate to come to the Curriculum Lab
for personal assistance.
- Where do I find the Curriculum Publications?
All of the Alberta Education Curriculum Publications
are located in the 375 call number section. They
are arranged by subject and further
arranged by grade level. In addition to the curricular
subjects, there are also documents which are in a General
section (this includes the Program of Studies for Elementary,
Junior and Senior High) or a Miscellaneous section
(listings of schools in Alberta, and various Alberta
Education documents). Many of the more recent curriculum documents
are available online at Alberta Education's Program of Studies section.
- My friend has a Teacher Resource Manual
and a Curriculum Guide for her subject major.
Why don't I have the same thing for my subject
major? Curriculum publications are constantly
changing, and not all subjects evolve at the same
pace. Every year there are updates made to the
General Programs of Studies and this in turn affects
the Teacher Resource Manuals and and other core curriculum
publications in specific subjects.
To make things somewhat easier for you, we have
come up with a reference chart that documents
which are available in each subject. This includes
references to grade levels. This
Curriculum Publications chart is updated yearly
and it is designed to guide you through the curriculum
Top 10 Things You Need
For information questions
& general inquiries
, phone the
Curriculum Laboratory Information Service
at 403-329-2288, or ask
your question on-line.
- For Curriculum Lab circulation questions,
- All circulating materials are checked
in and out at the Library's General Services Desk.
Students, faculty or staff members may place a
Hold or a Recall on an item that is out on loan
at the Library's General Services Desk, or
online using the Request button.
You may renew online, or at the University
Library's General Services Desk.
- To find the titles of Alberta Education recommended
resources and textbooks, make use of
Education Authorized Resources Database," accessible
from the Curriculum Laboratory home page.
- Curriculum Laboratory materials
are returned at the University Library's General
Services Desk, NOT directly to the
- The Curriculum Laboratory consists of teaching
areas, and group study spaces. As such,
it is not always a quiet study space.
However, upon leaving the Curriculum Laboratory,
remember the library is a "quiet zone."
- Note the
Library's food and drink policy, especially around technology.
- Do not reshelve materials in the Curriculum
Laboratory. Please leave items
you are not signing out on the
tables, or preferably in the book bins found around
the Curriculum Laboratory.
- You are responsible to return anything
in the same condition as it was when you signed
it out. Before signing out a kit
or a multi-piece item, check to make sure all the pieces are
included. If there is damage, or there are missing
pieces, let Library or Curriculum Laboratory staff know
BEFORE you sign it out. Kits must be checked out as a
- Returning materials from a distance
-- Once a library user borrows an item, they are
responsible for it, from the time it is checked
out to the user, until the time it is put in the
book returns at the University Library's General
Services Desk. Any mode of transportation
to return an item, other than personal delivery,
is at the user's own risk. Do not ask us to
renew an item for you more than two times.
We will not do it, as we need to make that item accessible
to other students. Make arrangements to get
the item back on time, especially if you are out on a
school placement that is far away.