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?

10 Things Library Staff Would Like You to Know

November 28, 2012

Teachers know, the secret to success lies in reading the directions.  At least in part.

It turns out part of the successful use of library resources lies in simple things students do to get ready.

Library staff offer these tips to share with your students:

  1. Bring to the library:  your student ID card, change or small bills for copiers and printers, your syllabus and assignment handouts.
  2. Ask a librarian when you start your research, don’t wait until you’re at the end.  (You can chat online.)
  3. Start your research 3 times sooner than you think is needed; it just about always takes more time than you think.
  4. Pay your library fines now so you can register for next semester!  (Ask about a promissory note.)smile
  5. Share your smile with everyone and promote stress reduction.

Then there are the just plain great things to know:

  1. The library has hundreds of textbooks for 2 hour loan.  Ask a librarian for help finding the call number.
  2. New books arrive constantly – visit the new book shelves.
  3. Watch a popular video in the Media Center, or check it out.
  4. Read about 80,000 ebooks on your computer from any location.
  5. Look up millions of articles in the library databases, in your jammies, from home.

“Readiness is all.”
Hamlet (although in a completely different context..)

Library hours, numbers, and services.

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..

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.

Students Get Out of Line ~ With Your Help

September 6, 2011

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

If you are able to put the call number for your textbook in your syllabus, your students can go directly to circ.  Here’s how:  Find your textbook in the library catalog by doing a keyword search for author’s last name and a couple of words from the title, e.g. martin gay beginning algebra.

LOIS search for reserve textbook

Hit enter.  The call number appears in the center column of the search results, e.g.: QA152.3 .M353 2009.

LOIS reserve search results

Here’s a video of the process:  Find textbooks (keyword search)


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