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Textbooks

Provide information for, and gather information from, faculty relative to purchasing textbooks for reserve.

Recommend a Textbook to be Purchased

If you think having a copy of your textbook in Crumb on a 3-hour loan would be useful for your students, email Marianne Hebert (Collection Development Coordinator) hebertm@potsdam.edu

For each title recommended, please include:  Author, Title, ISBN, Price and source (e.g. a link to Amazon or other vendor)

See below for textbook criteria for this pilot.

Crumb Textbooks Collection - About the Pilot

Crumb Library launched a textbook pilot in Fall 2018 to help students who are struggling to purchase personal copies of textbooks. The pilot is now in it's third semester, and we have a solid core of textbooks that are growing in popularity with students. While the budget is uncertain, we are making every effort to continue this service while it is needed.

Faculty are always welcome to put personal copies of textbooks and readings on Reserve. It would also be a good idea to put Crumb copies of books on reserve, if several students are likely to want to borrow them.

You can recommend that we purchase a copy for the Textbook Collection. Your course might be a good fit for this pilot if:

  • You are aware that students have not purchased a copy and are struggling to complete assigned readings
  • If a significant amount of the textbook is expected to be used
  • If a three-hour copy would be useful (e.g. if students are not expected to use the text in class or on a daily basis)
  • Many textbooks include access codes to online content. If the content provide by access codes is NOT required for your course, then a library copy of the textbook might be warranted.

Some issues to consider when recommending textbook purchases:

  • The College Libraries do not purchase "consumables" such as lab manuals and workbooks.
  • We do not usually order "loose-leaf" textbooks, as it would be too difficult to keep the book intact as it circulates. The pagination difference between "loose-leaf" and "bound" editions can be significant. If you are selecting loose-leaf editions for the College Bookstore required reading lists be aware that the version in the Textbook Collection is likely to be the "bound" edition.
  • Content managed by textbook access codes have license restrictions that do not allow multiple users. We cannot purchase access codes nor make them available with reserves copies.
  • If a newer edition of your textbook is available, should the library purchase the older or newest edition of your textbook?
  • Is this textbook being used for multiple courses in your department?
  • Is this textbook going to be used again in the fairly near future?
  • Many books on reserve never get used by students. If you recommend purchases for the Textbook Collection, we request that you let students know that materials are available, and encourage them to use them.

If you have any questions about this pilot, contact Marianne Hebert hebertm@potsdam.edu   or 315 267-3308