The new and improved AEA Media Catalog is ready and waiting for you! The online reservation system allows you to check out instructional resources located at Prairie Lakes AEA in Pocahontas, as well as from the Sioux City and Sioux Center locations of Northwest AEA, in a single search.

The new patron catalog is called SNAP, and it has an updated, modern look. Similar to other Iowa AEA Online databases used by teachers, SNAP allows users to easily filter or narrow searches to find specific instructional resources. Ordering materials is as easy as filling your cart with the resources you want and submitting your request. Northwest AEA anticipates ordering more digital content in the future, and SNAP has an embedded video player that will allow teachers to view and download digital videos purchased by Northwest AEA or Prairie Lakes AEA.

If you have any questions about the new system, please contact Ann Derochie, circulation coordinator in the Sioux City office, at 712/222-6065, or Kim Noteboom, circulation coordinator in the Sioux Center office, at 712/722-4378 ext. 7817.

To search the Media Catalog, please click here or go to the Northwest AEA website and click "Media Catalog" in the top navigation:

This month's search was "elections."

The Election Process
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Junior High, 00:58:16, Mazzarella Media, 2004
Reviews the presidential election process, details how the electoral college works, and also reminds students to vote when they are old enough.

Electing the President
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Junior High, 00:15:51, Lucerne Media, 2004
Describes the electoral process for the presidency, describes the different checks and balances, explains the difference between electoral votes and public votes, and addresses presidential campaign media issues.

Election Campaigns
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Junior High, 00:02:45, Mazzarella Media, 2004
Describes the election campaigning process and discusses the evolution of campaigning tactics throughout U.S. history.

Election Day (093986)
Videocassette, PI, 15 min, Sound-Color, GPN, 2001
Presents an overview of the election process. Traces the history of voting in the United States. Shows elementary students in Lincoln, Nebraska, voting for names for two hew high schools. Covers their research, campaigns, registration and election day. Highlights the message that every vote is important and counts.

The Election of 2000
video, Intermediate - Senior High, 00:00:50, GPN, 2004
Exactly two hundred years after the first peaceful transfer of power, another presidential election challenged the stability of democracy in the United States.

Changing Election Traditions
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Senior High, 00:01:20, Intelecom, 1973
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker argues against federalizing presidential elections. "Article Two of our Constitution says the state legislatures of each state will determine how presidential electors are selected," Secretary Baker points out. He also argues against the idea that the Electoral College should be abolished.

Electing the President: Electoral College
video, Preschool/Kindergarten - Junior High, 00:03:57, Lucerne Media, 2004
Describes what the electoral college is, details how electoral colleges perform, and addresses such presidential issues, such as majority rules and recent campaigns.