Open Textbooks = Student Success

February 21, 2014

New college textbook prices have risen 82% from 2002 to 2012 (GAO, 2013).  Textbook costs reduce student success when students take fewer courses, earn a lower grade or fail a course, or drop a course because they can’t afford the book.

College faculty are stepping up to reduce textbook barriers with high-quality open textbook publishing initiatives, described in this slideshare presentation.  Follow progress at SUNY, Rice, and University of Minnesota.

Have you considered or adopted an open access textbook at SCC?


Thank You for Sending Your Students to the Library!

January 28, 2014


WELCOME!  Start here.  Come back often.

Ten Facts about Your Textbooks!

September 5, 2013
  1. There are over 2000 volumes on the SCC Library reserve book shelves (including duplicate copies).
  2. The library doesn’t have all the current textbooks.
  3. The West Sac and Davis Centers have reserve textbook collections.
  4. You can donate a copy of your required textbook to library reserves.
  5. You can put print materials on electronic reserve.
  6. If you use D2L, you can link directly to library articles and ebooks.
  7. Basic college mathematics through applications : basic skills math, by Geoffrey Akst and Sadie Bragg has circulated 2656 times (total, all copies).
  8. Give me liberty! : an American history, by Eric Foner has circulated 1108 times.
  9. Total reserve textbook circulation for the first week of Fall semester is 3936.
  10. Surveyed students state that reserve textbooks help them succeed in school.
And a question:  Is your textbook on reserve?   Email reserve textbook requests to Yolanda Escobar.
How are reserve textbooks working for your students?

Textbooks on Reserve: now easier to find

January 30, 2013

In the first few weeks of the semester, the library is flooded with students looking for their textbooks. We recently launched a new tool to make finding the call number of those textbooks a little easier.

Students can now fill out a form with any information they have about the class or the book and, we hope, quickly pull up the library catalog record, which will show them whether the book is available and provide them with the call number.

You’ll find a link to this page on the library home page (, labeled “Find Your Textbooks.”

Take a look; can you find textbooks for your class?

Textbooks search page

For anyone following these developments: this new tool builds upon a previous change, in which we simplified the method of searching for reserves. In practice, though, we saw that many of the things we considered simple were far from foolproof; for example, searchers needed to know the correct department abbreviation and put a space between the department and the course number, or their searches would fail. This form makes such mistakes a lot harder to make.

Finding Your Textbook on Library Reserve

September 25, 2012

Does the SCC Library have your textbook on Reserve?

Many of your students have already discovered this quick search:

Reserves search

Calling All Call Numbers ~ Including Yours

August 31, 2012

Students go through 2 library lines to get their textbook, first to find the call number (not the same as ISBN) in the catalog and second to pick up the textbook at the circulation desk.

Instructors can put the textbook call number in the syllabus to save time.  Find your textbook’s call number in the library catalog with this simple search:

If you don’t find your textbook, take out your last name and try again.  Still not there?  Can you donate a copy?  If not, email Yolanda Escobar and ask the library to put a copy on reserve.  We stretch available dollars to buy as many textbooks as we can.  Sooner is better – best to let us know before the semester starts..

Help! is Available. Ask a Librarian!

August 31, 2012

Just so you know, you and your students can get all kinds of library help in all kinds of ways.  Hit the Library Help button on the SCC library home page to IM, text, chat, email, or phone us.  Ask questions on the Q&A link or follow the library Twitter feed.  We’re here to help during all library open hours.


Do You Use Open Access Textbooks?

February 8, 2012

Several instructors at SCC have adopted freely available Internet textbooks that help students afford school.  Do you use open access textbooks or other classroom materials for your courses?  Does your department advocate for their use?  Add a comment with your name, course and the URL of your course material and we will compile a starter list of open access resources used at SCC.  Speak up if you would like to help expand this list @ SCC and in the district.
It’s in the air!

 Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science  Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science  Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science

 I hope your favorites are missing from these examples so you will add to the list:

Books and textbooks


Student Ambassadors Rock the Library

January 27, 2012

SCC student ambassadors Vivian Bui, Joseph Crenshaw, Angelica Duran, Natalie Medina, Donald Peat, and Shinesh Prasad have made a powerful contribution to the early success of their peers these first 2 weeks, helping the new kids find call numbers for their textbooks, add courses with permission numbers, print from D2L, search for classroom locations, manage cranky copy machines, and change eservices passwords.  Then they brought brownies! It doesn’t get any better.

New students seemed especially happy to get help from their peers.  Brilliant program.

Sinesh fixes the printer

Shinesh fixes the printer with the wave of a hand.

The Library Has Your Textbook!

January 19, 2012

Does the library have your required text?  Now more than ever, the answer is a resounding , “YES!”  And it’s easier than ever to find your book in LOIS, the library catalog.  Sit back and relax as you enjoy an edutaining video, narrated by librarian Jeff Karlsen, showing just how easy it is to find your textbook in the library reserve collection.  Share the video with your students and post the textbook call number in your syllabus.  We thank you for your support!
How to find your textbooks in the library (YouTube video)

Got a question?  Ask a librarian.


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