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?



Most Popular Library Ebooks, Dec. – Jan.

February 12, 2014
  1. Media Violence 2011
  2. Gale Encyclopedia of American Law, 3rd ed.
  3. World History Encyclopedia
  4. Endangered Species 2012
  5. Food: In Context
  6. Sports and Athletes 2011
  7. Encyclopedia of American Religions, 7th ed.
  8. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, 2nd ed.
  9. The official Luxology modo guide :  version 301
  10. The Bhagavad Gita
  11. Is human nature obsolete? :  genetic, bioengineering, and the future of the human condition
  12. Every tenant’s legal guide
  13. The California Landlord’s Law Book
  14. Guns in American Society : An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law
  15. The Punishment Imperative : The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America
  16. Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology
  17. What the best college teachers do
  18. Test success :  test-taking techniques for beginning nursing students
  19. Nolo’s encyclopedia of everyday law :  answers to your most frequently asked legal questions
  20. Understanding Tcp/ip :  A Clear And Comprehensive Guide

Use your W/ID number and eservices password to read ebooks off campus.

More about ebooks…

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Ebooks Are HOT!

October 9, 2013

At SCC you-all borrowed library ebooks a total of 1380 times in September.

A Dozen Top eBooks for September:

    1. The use of forensic anthropology  (used 54 times)
    2. Is human nature obsolete? :  genetics bioengineering, and the future of the human condition  (used 48 times)
    3. Hurricane Katrina :  impact, recovery and lessons learned  (used 41 times)
    4. Ageism :  stereotyping and prejudice against older persons  (used 24 times)
    5. China and the developing world :  Beijing’s strategy for the twenty-first century  (used 23 times)
    6. A history of the modern Middle East  (used 23 times)
    7. Leadership and the new science :  discovering order in a chaotic world  (used 23 times)
    8. The SAGE handbook of mental health and illness  (used 16 times)
    9. Torture and Impunity : The U.S. Doctrine of Coercive Interrogation  (used 16 times)
    10. Art therapy exercises :  inspirational and practical ideas to stimulate the imagination  (used 16 times)
    11. Handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination  (used 14 times)
    12. The craft of research  (used 12 times)

You can find ebooks in the library catalog, but there are more than 120,000 additional ebooks in the shared Los Rios subscription ebook collection.  And they are all free to you as current students and staff.

The Best Way To Find Ebooks:  Type a keyword search in OneSearch (on the Library home page) and hit Search.


Scroll down the left side of the results page, check eBooks, and Click eBooks.  (You may need to add more limiters if the number is unwieldy.)


Detailed instructions on how to read an ebook in your browser, save it as a pdf, download (check out) an ebook, and put it on your device (for ebooks on the Ebsco platform).

Video on how to get Ebsco ebooks on your iPad!

Download Library Ebooks!

May 22, 2013

Your SCC Library delivers.

  1. Find thousands of enthralling ebooks in OneSearch and the Library Catalog.
  2. Download them to your portable device (laptop, tablet, phone, Nook, Kobo etc., but not the Kindle).
  3. Check them out (checkout period varies).
  4. Read!

Detailed instructions on how to open, save, checkout and download ebooks on the Ebsco platform.

Previous Reader article on how to find ebooks in OneSearch and the library catalog.

An EBSCO video showing how to get an ebook on your iPad.

Library Ebooks Ready To Read

May 14, 2013

“Most Americans don’t even know that libraries offer e-books, according to national surveys.”

Are you one of the “most Americans” cited in this New York Times op-ed by New York Public Library president, Anthony W. Marx?

Your SCC Library offers thousands of ebooks.  Discover them in OneSearch, the database that includes all SCC library books, ebooks, media, and articles.

(Many, but not all ebooks are found in the Library Catalog, LOIS.)

Here’s how to find ebooks:  Type a keyword search in OneSearch and hit Search.


Then scroll down the left side of the results page, limit the results to ebooks and hit Update.


You can download many of these ebooks – watch for more information in an upcoming article!


“But I like REAL books, not ebooks.”

March 19, 2013

We hear you – we like them, too.  But we have to add that ebooks ARE real books, they’re just delivered differently.

Why should you celebrate that difference?

  • You won’t lose them, pay overdue fines, or damage them with coffee spills (even if you tip a cup on your computer).
  • You can print out sections of ebooks, coffee-stain-ready.
  • They’re available when you are, 24 hours a day.
  • The SCC Library has access to over 120,000 ebooks!  There’s bound to be something you want to read.

How about these titles?

Why do I need a teacher when I've got Google?    Social networking    Folklore encyclopedia

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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.

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