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About the ERL

Mission
Statement
The primary mission of the ERL is to provide resources and services that support the curriculum needs of Oakland University's School of Education and Human Services. A secondary purpose is to support the scholarly activity, to whatever degree possible, of the entire university community. And finally, the ERL strives to make ERL resources available to the community at large as long as it does not interfere with the primary mission.

The ERL provides:
  • A circulating collection of notable and award winning children's and young adult literature.
  • State-of-the-art multimedia resources (print and electronic materials, 60+ networked computers with access to the Internet as well as to color and black and white printers). Other equipment includes: laminator, bookbinder, fax machine, Ellison die Cutter, copy machines, printers, and scanners.
  • Access and guidance to resources and equipment through workshops and consultation with knowledgeable experts.
  • Space for students to collaborate with peers as they interact with books, multimedia resources and equipment for teaching, training and human services.
Collections
The ERL is a professional development laboratory. The organization of materials in each area varies. Cross discipline and diversity materials are included in every section. All materials circulate except textbooks, reference and journals. When ERL print materials and technology merge, "research, scholarship, and creative activities" are transformed into tangible as well as virtual products.

ERL Literature Collection
  • Picture storybooks (E)
  • Board Books
  • Pop-up and movable books
  • Fiction for children and young adults (F)
  • Non-fiction for children and young adults (Dewey)
  • Children's Tradebook Examination Center
  • K-12 textbooks
  • Manipulatives
  • Professional development
  • Bound periodicals (selected)
  • Reference
Children's Awards Book Collection (non circulating) -
The ERL has a non-circulating research collection of award winning childrens and young adult literature.  The collection is housed in 350F, inside the ERL and the books are shelved by award.  The collection includes medal winning and honor books for the following awards:
  • American Indian Youth Literature Award
  • Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature
  • Batchelder Award
  • Caldecott Medal
  • Carnegie Medal
  • Coretta Scott King Book Award
  • Hans Christian Andersen Award
  • Jane Addams Childrens Book Award
  • Kate Greenaway Medal
  • Michael L. Printz Award
  • Mitten Award
  • Newbery Medal
  • Orbis Pictus Award
  • Pura Belpre Book Award
  • Robert F. Sibert Award
  • Schneider Family Award
  • Sydney Taylor Book Award
  • Theodore Seuss Geisel Award
  • Thumbs Up! Award
  • Woodson Award

For more information about the individual awards or to see if the ERL houses specific titles, please visit the Awards Book Page.


Multicultural and diverse literature is integrated within the larger literature collection.  Materials on race, ethnicity, disabilities, both physical and mental, gender and gay/lesbian issues are included in this collection and can be accessed through the Voyager Catalog by doing a keyword search for "ERL Diversity Collection."

We have a small collection of older materials related to African American Children's Literature which may be used for research and/or historical interest.  This collection is non circulating and shelved together in 350F, in the ERL.  These materials can be accessed through the Voyager Catalog by doing a  search for "African American Children's Literature Research" as a phrase.
Student
Employment
August 2, 2016  We are now taking applications for 2016-2017 'work-study' employment positions in the ERL.
NOTE:  Check your financial award letter to see if you qualify for 'work-study' employment.


How to Apply:
  1. Apply online at Handshake
  2. Complete the ERL Student Employment Application, save it to your computer after you fill it out and email to Alicia Arbour, Circulation Manager - aarbour@oakland.edu
  3. Complete the Planning Schedule, save it to your computer after you fill it out and email to Alicia Arbour, Circulation Manager - aarbour@oakland.edu
    • These forms are in a .pdf format that you can type in.  You may need to download the file to your computer before you are allowed to type your answers in the fields.  Once completed, you must re- save it to your computer and then attach to an email.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Alicia Arbour by phone at (248) 370-4230 or by email aarbour@oakland.edu.
Affiliations
The ERL is proud to maintain relationships and partnerships with area businesses and charities.

The ERL supports the efforts of the following organizations by donating childrens books that have been removed from our collections.
FAQs
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How do I find the ESL Program Coordinator in Pawley Hall?


How do I get an ERL card so I can check out materials?

If you are an OU student, your OU Spirit ID card is your ERL borrowing card. If you are an OU alumni, bring your alumni card and/or Driver's License to a staff member of the ERL and we will be happy to help you out. If you are none of the above, ERL guest memberships are available.

Is there a limit to the number of items I can have checked out at one time?

Up to 8 items may be checked out at any one time.

Is the ERL a library?

The ERL is not a library, it is a laboratory, providing resources for Education and Human Services professionals. Materials circulate similarly to those in a library. The arrangement, however, is different and the types of materials and services available also differ.

Can I check my e-mail from ERL computers?

Yes, all ERL computers have Internet connections.  However, only students, staff, faculty or others with a valid OU netID (OU email & password) can authenticate on the network in order to gain access to the internet.   If you need to use a computer and do not have a valid OU netID, you may register as an hourly guest user with your Driver's License.  Please see an ERL staff member for more information.

Does the ERL have resource materials for secondary teachers?

The ERL has many resources for secondary teachers. Textbooks for grades 9 - 12, fiction and non-fiction for young adults, social studies, science, math and language arts CD ROMs, videos, reference and classroom management materials, and posters.

Can laptop computers be checked out of the ERL?

The ERL has a small group of laptops that can be checked out for use in Pawley Hall.  Please check with the front desk if you would like to check one out.

Can I print from ERL computers?

The ERL houses one of the 23 conveniently located WEPA print stations on campus.  There are a variety of methods in which students can print to any of the WEPA kiosks.

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Detailed WEPA Print Solution information