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?
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:
- Bring to the library: your student ID card, change or small bills for copiers and printers, your syllabus and assignment handouts.
- Ask a librarian when you start your research, don’t wait until you’re at the end. (You can chat online.)
- Start your research 3 times sooner than you think is needed; it just about always takes more time than you think.
- Pay your library fines now so you can register for next semester! (Ask about a promissory note.)
- Share your smile with everyone and promote stress reduction.
Then there are the just plain great things to know:
- The library has hundreds of textbooks for 2 hour loan. Ask a librarian for help finding the call number.
- New books arrive constantly – visit the new book shelves.
- Watch a popular video in the Media Center, or check it out.
- Read about 80,000 ebooks on your computer from any location.
- 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.
September 25, 2012
Does the SCC Library have your textbook on Reserve?
Many of your students have already discovered this quick search:
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..
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!
I hope your favorites are missing from these examples so you will add to the list:
Books and textbooks