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


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