Curriculum Resource Center (CRC): The Frances F. Povsic Collection Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with Erin Gruwell

Sara Bushong, Head Librarian of the Curriculum Resource Center

The CRC celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, with an open house, technology demonstrations, and make-it take-it workshops. Erin Gruwell, teacher and author, attended the CRC reception and was the featured speaker for the President’s Lecture Series: Make a Difference: Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Information Age. The title of her presentation was “Overcoming Adversity: Achieving Academic Excellence.” Erin Gruwell, two-time California Teacher of the Year, accomplished what many thought impossible. She helped 150 of her students – many of whom were written off by the education system – use the power of education to write a book, graduate from high school and attend college. The book, The Freedom’s Writer’s Diary, is available for loan from the CRC.

25th anniversary25th anniversary reception with Erin Gruwell

25th anniversaryMaterials held by the CRC comprise The Frances F. Povsic Collection, so named on March 20, 2001, in honor of Professor Povsic’s significant, enduring, and distinctive contributions to the CRC, University Libraries, and BGSU. During her seventeen years as Head Librarian, before her retirement in 1990, Professor Povsic consolidated and developed the CRC’s collections and services, established an organizational system for the materials, and prepared detailed plans for the expansion and move to the second floor of the William T. Jerome Library in 1978.

The CRC contains more than 90,000 curriculum guides, textbooks, literature for children and young adults, reference books, and multimedia materials relating to areas of preschool, elementary, secondary, and special education. The CRC supports the undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in the College of Education and Human Development and other BGSU education-related programs.

The CRC offers services including:

  • Instructional presentations, tours, and orientation sessions
  • Reference service by experienced teachers
  • Circulation of materials to BGSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as to educational professionals
  • Ellison and Accu/Cut Machines
  • The Children’s Book Center

The Children’s Book Center (CBC) is a joint venture between the University Libraries of BGSU and the Cooperative Services for Children’s Literature. The purpose of the collection is to make exceptional recently published children’s books available to northwest Ohio educators and librarians through a variety of forums, including an onsite examination center at the CRC and an annual book and reader conference.

For more information about the CRC, contact Sara Bushong, or 419-372-7909 or visit