Alder GSE's Library

Alder Graduate School of Education’s Library primarily utilizes a digital approach to providing library and information resources to all graduate students, faculty, and staff. The Library supports the learning, teaching, research, and information needs of the Alder community by providing quality materials and exemplary services that directly support Alder’s institutional mission: To create opportunity and cultivate success for every student by recruiting and educating excellent teachers and leaders who reflect our schools’ communities.

Collection Development Policy

The Alder Library’s collection primarily consists of digital resources: scholarly journal articles, trade publications, periodicals, reports, multimedia content, and e-books relevant to Alder’s academic curriculum. Curriculum materials are collected by request, particularly if they are needed for an Alder class session. Textbooks are generally not collected, as they are expensive and frequently change. Children’s literature is not actively collected, as patrons can generally visit their school library or local public library for these resources. Currently, we are actively working on getting more research databases as well. The Collection Development Policy is currently under review; more information will be posted soon.

Current Library Resources

OverDrive—Over a thousand e-books are available for you on the computer or on the app. Sign in using your Aspire Public Schools email to access it. Don’t know your user name? Contact us for help!

University of the Pacific’s Library Databases in EducationThis research guide provides access to relevant databases on educational research and scholarly content. These databases are available to all Alder faculty and students who are currently enrolled in courses. Sign in with your University of the Pacific username.  

Current Services

Alder Graduate School of Education’s Instructional and Research Librarian provides research and writing consultation services by request from students and faculty. You can fill out and submit the student services request form to the librarian to set up an appointment.

  • Brief Overview of Library/Writing Resources – A video to introduce you to Alder’s library/writing resources and services (less than 4 minutes)!
  • Research Consultations—Questions about finding scholarly sources, using education databases, or having problems with OverDrive?
  • Writing Consultations—Need help reviewing your essays, sources, citations, or sample writing for upcoming exams like the CSET?
  • University of the Pacific Graduate Writing Center—In addition, as graduate students, you also have access to graduate writing tutors from the University of the Pacific. They are available to you via Zoom or in person. Please contact them directly here.
  • General Formatting for APA Citation

Still Have Questions?
Contact the Instructional and Research Librarian for more help:

Raymond Pun
rpun@aldergse.org