Anyone in the world with an Internet connection will now be able to access a database of the world’s largest collection of international children’s books.
The World of Words: International Collection of Children’s and Adolescent Literature library database now is available online though a new agreement at the University of Arizona.
"The University Libraries are committed to creating seamless access to all campus collections," said Carla Stoffle, dean for University Libraries and the Center for Creative Photography.
On Wednesday, Stoffle signed a memorandum of agreement with Ronald W. Marx, dean of the UA College of Education, which houses the library.
The agreement will allow people – students, researchers, teachers and others – to search the library's collection, which consists of more than 30,000 books.
The College of Education will regularly provide the UA Libraries with information on new titles added to the collection, and the UA Libraries will maintain records of the library's offerings.
"Through the Libraries’ online database, the ICCAL is now open to a global audience of teachers, librarians, faculty, researchers and students," Stoffle said. "This expanded reach presents a powerful opportunity for supporting K-12 education both locally and around the world."
Also, the library, which was formerly located in the basement of the UA College of Education, is now located on the fourth floor, allowing for easier access and more space for its users. The library's staff also maintains a blog.
In 2007, ICCAL's staff launched an initiative to offer classes, workshops and open reading hours to help educators and community members learn how to infuse teachings about the world’s cultures in their classrooms, programs and homes.
Kathy Short, the library's director, is a language, reading and culture professor who has long helped educators to develop curricula that actively engages students, particularity as readers and culturally aware individuals.
"This agreement insures that the wonderful resources assembled by professor Short in the World of Words collection will be accessible to students, teachers, parents and scholars around the world," Marx said.
"Our commitment in the College of Education is to make a difference in the lives of children and families," he added, "and our collaboration with the UA Library will increase our chances of success."