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12 things to know about reducing the cost of textbooks to faculty and students August 31, 2016

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12 things to know about reducing the cost of textbooks to faculty and students

By Jennifer C. Boettcher

We know textbooks are outrageously expensive.   The Library cares.

What can a faculty member do?

  • The University must provide students with the ISBN and retail price for textbooks assigned so they can shop around for the best prices on their textbooks by federal law. Faculty members should be aware of the cost.
  • Request the print textbook to be put on Reserves in the library, we will buy it for Reserves.
  • They can teach out of an older edition, where the cost of the textbook is greatly reduced online or in campus bookstores.
  • They assign a textbook or readings out of Open Educational Resources.
  • They can forgo a textbook and just link to readings from university licensed databases.

What faculty should NOT do?

  • Do not use more than a very short excerpt from a textbook or workbook on a course website since uploading materials created for the educational market is not likely to be a fair use.

What can a student do?

  • Rent the textbook from the bookstore or publisher.
  • Split the cost of the textbook with someone in the class.
  • Buy an older edition of the textbook and talk to the professor about when is it necessary to read from the newer edition. Older editions may have different questions at the end of the chapter.
  • See if the professor put the print textbook on reserves in the library.
  • See if the library has the textbook, which will be highly unlikely because most academic libraries don’t buy textbooks, but they might have gotten an older copy as a gift.
  • Buy the book from the bookstore and if it’s not kept for reference in the future, sell it back at the reduced price after the semester.

For questions regarding copyright contact Meg Oakley

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How books are added to the Library March 19, 2010

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A library is much more than a place to hold and organize printed books.  Our print book expenditure makes up only 22% of the total library budget.  With all the new methods of storing and distributing information, the question arises why use a print books?  When you have to understand a process, procedure, operations, history, or one person’s opinion, a book might be the answer.  This blog answers how a book gets into this library.

There are three main ways a book is added to the library:
1) a decision is made by a librarian to acquire the book by reading reviews, suggestions from faculty, etc.;
2) it comes in under an approval plan;
3) it is given to the library as a gift.


Using fiscal year 2009 (July-June) as an example, you can see in the chart that most of the books are added as a result of a decision from a bibliographer.  Bibliographers are librarians who work through the Collection Development Department, with has specialized education or experience in a subject we teach here at Georgetown.  Bibliographers work on the reference desk so they know the research needs of students, they are invited by faculty to teach library resources in classes so they are in close contact with curricula on campus, and they are the personal contact between the library and academic departments, so they know the faculty.  Bibliographers read book reviews from magazines like Choice and Booklist, read publisher catalogs, take suggestions from faculty and students, and pore over approval slips (see below) on what titles to add.  At the beginning of every year a defined amount of money is given to each bibliographer to spend on a specific subject.  When that money is gone, no new books are bought by the bibliographer for that subject. However, books are still coming in through the approval plan.

Approval plans are agreements with wholesalers and distributors of books, traditionally called “book jobbers.”  Jobbers like Yankee Book Peddler have contracts with publishers to act as a distributer.  Sometimes jobbers are able to offer discounts to the library, but their main benefit to libraries is the ability to direct the right book to fit the library’s need.  Each jobber has a templet with more info about a book than you can imagine.  Along with normal data such as the author, price, call number, the data collected also reflects whether the book is a textbook, best for undergraduates or graduates, in Spanish, or publishing in the Netherlands.  Subjects are assigned to the book which go beyond those of the traditional Library of Congress subject headings.  Each bibliographer knows the options of this templet and has selected what they want through the library’s profile.  The subject profile filters the books so the right ones automatically come to the library.  These filters can be set at a price, type of book, or any other criteria so books which are close to the profile don’t get sent, but  slips are sent for review.  This is why bibliographers are constantly reviewing approval slips in paper or virtually.  With their many years of experience, a jobber can estimate how much money an approval plan will cost the library a year.

The other way books are added to our collections is through gifts.  These gifts may be the result of students dumping their books after their school years, faculty members who are book reviewers donating, or established researchers moving or retiring who wish to find their books a “good home.”  Just because the book made it into the building it does not mean the book will stay here.  Last year a large percentage of the donations were sold at book sales or passed on to other institutions.

If you are an author and want to get your book into an academic library here are things to remember. Being published by an established publisher will put your book into the marketing machine, getting it into the hands of reviewers and jobbers.  Sending a book to a library will not guarantee that it is added to the collection.

Don’t let your mind be snowed in February 10, 2010

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They say that if you read a book you are an expert, and if you write a book you are a consultant. The same holds true for articles.  If you are inspired to write an article, I can help you get it published.  It’s just a matter of finding the right audience.  Writing an article increases your visibility in the field and proves your communication skills.  You will not get rich, but you’ll be one step ahead of the other MBAs looking for jobs.

If you don’t have a publication in mind, use the SRDS service to find one: catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b2473414~S4.  If you are off campus, you will be asked for your last name and GUID number from your GoCard.  Go into Business Media Advertising Source, select Keyword Search in Step 2, then type one word that describes your industry (e.g. investment), and press Search.   What appears in the left field is a list of magazines that have your keyword in their entry.  The most important sections to read are the top, which gives you the publication’s editorial profile, and the bottom, which tells you their circulation and sometimes whether they have special issues.  Use these to help you select the right publication to approach.

Maybe you want to be more reflective. Take this time to explore your favorite subject.  A good many of our business books are available electronically.  Start with the keyword search screen of GEORGE: catalog.library.georgetown.edu/search/X.  Type in a broad word or phrase (e.g. marketing) then from the Location pull-down menu choose Internet and press Submit.  A list of books available electronically will appear.  If there is an image next to the title, you can click on the image and information about the book will be available to help you select the best book to explore.

If the idea of skimming through a book is too daunting, catch up on some of your favorite thought leaders by reading their articles.  The article database I recommend most for business is ABI/Inform: catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b2322986~S4.  Once in the database. type in an author you find interesting, e.g. Porter, Michael; change the selection from Citation and Abstract to Author; then press Search.  A list of articles written by the author will appear.  If you click on the title of the article, the abstract will be made available to you.  Review the abstract and subject list to make sure you will find this article useful.  The full text of the article is generally listed below.  If the full text of the article is not attached to this record, use the “Find Full Text @ G” icon to link into another database that has the full text.  In the unlikely event the article is not available in another database, use the free “Get article via email link” option to request the article.

If you want to escape the snow news or read papers from your Global Experience country, use Press Display: catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b2774689~S4.  It contains the full text and color photos and images of 225 newspapers from all over the world. Start by selecting a country by using the “Select Title” in the upper right of the page.

If you’re not feeling active enough for any of these things, catch up on some of the great programs that MSB has been hosting at msbmedia.org.

The library building is open.  If you are able to make it to campus, say thank you to those working.  Most of the library staff is also working virtually; you can use any of these methods to reach out to us: www.library.georgetown.edu/ask-us.  You can also reach me at boettcher@georgetown.edu, to ask questions or set up a telephone call.

Stay safe, warm, and dry.


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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 1, 2009

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Every day, we are inundated with vast amounts of information. A 24-hour news cycle and thousands of global television and radio networks, coupled with an immense array of online resources, have challenged our long-held perceptions of information management. Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation. This new type of literacy also requires competency with communication
technologies, including computers and mobile devices that can help in our day-to-day decisionmaking. National Information Literacy Awareness Month highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.

Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.

Our Nation’s educators and institutions of learning must be aware of — and adjust to — these new realities. In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them. The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical.

This month, we dedicate ourselves to increasing information literacy awareness so that all citizens understand its vital importance. An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the important role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

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How to make a non-proxy link work for off campus access October 5, 2009

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To proxy a link just place the following in front of it:

So if you had a JSTOR stable URL like http://www.jstor.org/stable/2684933

then you’d get: http://proxy.library.georgetown.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/2684933

Harvard Business Review September 23, 2009

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There are many ways of getting Harvard Business Reviews articles

Print: Lauinger Library subscribes to the Harvard Business Review and current copies can be requested at the Circulations and Reserve Desk. Older issues are arranged alphabetically on the second floor.

Electronic: Due to restrictions set by Harvard Business School Press NO direct linking to articles are allowed: “Harvard Business Review Notice of Use Restrictions, Harvard Business Review and Harvard Business Publishing Newsletter content on EBSCOhost is licensed for the private individual use of authorized EBSCOhost users. It is not intended for use as assigned course material in academic institutions nor as corporate learning or training materials in businesses. Academic licensees may not use this content in electronic reserves, electronic course packs, persistent linking from syllabi or by any other means of incorporating the content into course resources. Business licensees may not host this content on learning management systems or use persistent linking or other means to incorporate the content into learning management systems. Harvard Business Publishing will be pleased to grant permission to make this content available through such means. For rates and permission, contact permissions@harvardbusiness.org.”

Your Georgetown University tuition covers electronic access to Harvard Business Review. Students can access articles at no charge through EBSCO’s Business Source Complete. Use the Georgetown University Library catalog. Search “Harvard Business Review”. Follow the link to Business Source Complete.
To get to an article of interest, use the database Health Business FullTEXT and use the citation to drill down to the full text, for example:

  1. If you have the citation:
    Collins, J. C. and Porras, J. I. (1996). “Building your company’s vision”. Harvard Business Review. 74:5, pp. 65-77.
  2. Search in the catalog “Harvard Business Review” and select the journal:
    http://catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b1434947~S4 and click on the Business Source Complete.
  3. OR bookmark or make this link your favorite and refer to it when ever you need to go into Harvard Business Review (HBR):
  4. Once you are the page for HBR, on the right, select the year the citation is from; in this case 1996
  5. Then select the volume and issue number; in this case volume 74, issue 5
  6. The articles are arranged by page number, you might have to go to the next page to get to pages 65-77. You can also confirm the article by the author or article title
  7. Select the PDF image, that way you the image will include any pictures, graphs, tables, and other graphics.  You may not be able to print, email, or save the article
  8. If you are using RefWorks, don’t forget to save the citation

Then you are ready to search for your next article.

Or you can purchase the article, as well as cases, from the Harvard Business Publishing

MBA Briefing September 4, 2009

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MBA orientation to the library service and sources are on Sept 8 (12-1 and 5-6 pm), Sept 9 (7-8 pm), and Nov 4 (12-1 and 7-8pm), in the Dubin Room (156) of the Lauinger Library. Topics covered: introduction to business databases used in financial, management, and marketing research; library services; group study rooms; free direct borrowing; coffee shop; and videos.  No need to RSVP.

Business Intelligence Center is resettling September 4, 2009

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The Business Intelligence Center (BIC) is resettling and may give you 404 Errors.  This is temporary. When this happens, take the link URL and replace “www” with “old”.  The content should be there.

Office Hours in Hariri Building September 4, 2009

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Office Hours for your Information Consultant in Hariri Building: Every Monday and Tuesday 3-4 pm in the IT Breakout Rooms.  Learn Bloomberg or any other databases.  Discuss research strategies or set up alerts on companies or industries you are interested in.

Google Book settlement September 4, 2009

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For authors and copyright holders, the deadline for opting out of the Google Book settlement was  September 4, 2009.  For more go to http://old.library.georgetown.edu/news/google-book-settlement.html