The Wiekamp Resource Commons (WERC) is a curriculum based library designed to support the Indiana University South Bend School of Education by providing core collection educational materials for pre-service and practicing preschool through 12th grade teachers. The WERC provides a wide variety of high quality instructional materials for inspection, review, evaluation and utilization in the implementation of instructional plans. The collection reflects cultural diversity and promotes respect and appreciation for global cultures and communities. Materials covering educational research, theory, and history are located in the Franklin D. Schurz Library. The ERC serves as a state textbook adoption site maintaining a collection of textbooks currently used in area schools.
The collection development policy for the Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons serves as a written guideline for the appropriate selection and de-selection of materials to support the instructional, learning, and research needs of the students and faculty in the School of Education in accordance with National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and State of Indiana academic standards.
Materials for the Wiekamp Educational Resource Commons are collected according to the existing collection development mission and policy of the Schurz Libraries: to acquire and maintain the information resources necessary to support the teaching and scholarly mission of the campus. Because the WERC contains a specialized and narrowly defined collection, this policy is intended to address those unique needs.