The Directory of Education Collections in Illinois was created in July, 2002 by the Illinois Education Bibliographers' Initiative. It was funded through a grant from the Illinois Cooperative Collection Management Project, which subsequently became the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) in 2005. The Bibliographers' Initiative identified two goals:
Pockets of excellence and niche collections are defined as small, esoteric collections that might not be catalogued. Examples could include vocal pedagogy books from the 1920s or instructional materials for blind education. This directory was compiled from responses to a survey created by the IEBI.
This site was developed originally in 2002 by Matt Paris and hosted by Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In 2005, the site location was moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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