Because there is so much information on the Web, most digital
libraries collect information around a specific subject or for a specific
audience. The eCUIP digital library collects digital resources of all
types (primary resources, secondary resources, and resources that have
been digitized or Web sites created by others) for the K-12 libraries,
classrooms, and labs of the Chicago Public Schools.
eCUIP's Web site is categorized somewhat like a traditional library
to capitalize on the knowledge teachers and students already have about
how to use a library and reinforce those skills so that the digital library
can be used in conjunction with the physical library in the school.
eCUIP's Web site has a Reference Desk which collects digital reference
materials such as almanacs, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.
The Reading Room collects online newspapers, magazines, and journals.
In addition to the Reference Desk and Reading Room, eCUIP has many collections
that focus on the specific needs of an educational audience. There are
five subject areas which represent the five main subject areas taught
in school: Fine Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social
Studies. Additionally, there are three Special Collections which collect
resources from across the subject areas.
Each of the Subject and Special Collections contain a Web Guide that
collects existing Web resources specific to the CPS curriculum and veted
by CPS librarians and teachers.
This is a sample of a subject collection Web Guide:
In addition to collecting existing resources, each collection contains
materials that have been digitized or created by eCUIP when there are
no high-quality, grade specific resources already available on the Web.
Original resources are linked from the top-level collection page. eCUIP's
original resurces are highlighted in the main column of the collection
Some example of these resources include:
the Heavens to Earth, an encyclopedia of Cultural
Astronomy created in conjunction with Adler Planetarium and 6 CPS teachers.
for Dinosaurs, a prospecting and excavation guide to paleontology.
Columbian Exposition, an Interactive guide to the 1893
World's Fair in Chicago using primary resources from the Univeristy of
Chicago Library's Special Collections.
Boy, materials supporting Richard Wright's text inlcuding
images and a biography.
Teachers and students can search or browse eCUIP. For more information
about searching and browsing, see the Finding existing resources module.
TRY IT OUT! Spend some time with the eCUIP Web site. E-mail your mentors
links to one eCUIP resources and one resource from an eCUIP Web Guide
that you find particularly interesting or useful.
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