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Curriculum Materials Center: FAQ

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Curriculum Materials Center FAQ

What is the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center?
 
The Howard M. and Kathryn Jacquin Simpson Curriculum Materials Center is a designated space housing a collection of resources aimed at K-12 students and their instructors.  We have books, testing kits, big books, sample textbooks, an Ellison die cut press system, and other items that educators may use.
 
Who can check out books and materials from the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center?
 
Any cardholder in good standing at the Cullom-Davis Library can check out books from the Curriculum Materials Center.  This includes faculty, staff, students, and guests who present a Bradley University ID or valid local library card. 
 
How do I check out materials from the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center?  How many may I check out at once? 
 
Items may be checked out upstairs in the Curriculum Materials Center if an attendant is present.  If no one is currently staffing the desk upstairs, items must be brought downstairs to the Circulation Desk on the main floor for checkout.  The maximum number of items any person may have on his / her card is 150.
 
How can I find items in the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center?
 
Check the library catalog for holdings.  If an item is listed with a location in the Curriculum Materials Center, Curriculum Materials Center Cabinets, or Curriculum Materials Center Workroom, it may be found on the second floor in the CMC area by call number.  Consult the ends of the bookcases in the CMC to see where various call numbers are located.  If an item is listed with a location of ‘Curriculum Materials Center Cabinets’ or ‘Curriculum Materials Center Workroom,’ ask at the CMC desk or, if that area is unstaffed, the main floor Circulation Desk for assistance.
 
I can’t find the item I’m seeking in the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center.  What should I do? 
 
Ask for assistance at the Curriculum Materials Center Desk or, if that area is unstaffed, at the main floor Circulation Desk.
 
What hours is the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center staffed?
 
Generally, the Curriculum Materials Center is staffed from noon – 10 pm Monday through Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters.  It is not staffed during breaks or over the summer.  If you require assistance for the Curriculum Materials Center outside of those hours, please come to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library.

Can I use the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center when no staff are present?
 
Yes, you may browse the collection and take items to the main floor Circulation Desk for checkout.  For assistance with testing kits or other items kept in locked areas, ask at the main floor Circulation Desk.
 
I’m a faculty member.  May I reserve the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center for a class?
 
Yes, you may.  Contact the Access Services / Education Librarian at 309-677-2848 to schedule this.
 
Is the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center a quiet study area? 
 
No, the Curriculum Materials Center is not designated as a quiet study area.  We do ask our patrons to speak in tones respectful to others working nearby.
 
Are there testing kits available for use or checkout in the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center?
 
Yes!  We have a variety of testing kits for different age levels and purposes.  Check our ‘Kits’ tab for a list of what’s available.  FACULTY MEMBERS may check out and remove kits from the building.  STUDENTS may use testing kits in-house.  Students may only check out kits if their instructor has pre-arranged for them to have special permission to check out a given kit.  For assistance in kit retrieval, ask at the Curriculum Materials Center desk on the second floor.
 
May I suggest an item for the Simpson Curriculum Materials Center collection?
 
Definitely!  You may give a suggestion to an attendant at the Curriculum Materials Center desk, slip a suggestion into the Suggestion Box on the counter on the main floor, or email the Access Services / Education Librarian at kgarman@bradley.edu.
 
May I use the Ellison die press machine?  What dies are available to use with the machine?
 
To use the Ellison machine, ask at the main floor Circulation Desk for staff assistance.  Click on the ‘Ellison Machine’ tab for a full list of the dies we own.  Please note that we do NOT provide paper; you must bring your own.
 
Is there a cost to use the Ellison die press machine?
 
There is no cost, but you must provide your own paper.