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Fall 2019 Textbooks

In order to have the Bookstore open to students 6 weeks prior to the start of the Fall semester, and to accommodate 10 month faculty, the Textbook Submission Google Docs are now available for your review and input.   Please have this completed no later than June 17, 2019 (or before you leave for the summer). 

I have created Google Docs for each program and have pre-filled the book details for the books that were used for each course the last time I’m aware that the course ran. For some courses you will need to input all book details.   It is up to you to confirm and approve all titles and ensure that the correct, current edition of each book is listed OR to indicate that no textbook is required.  This is the spreadsheet that will determine the books that will be listed in our online Bookstore.

OPEN ACCESS BOOKS:  If you are using Open Access textbooks for your class, please include that information on the Google Doc, including the URL for the text.  MBS allows us to list these titles and  have links to them.  It will cut down on student questions and will allow students to look at the books prior to the start of the semester if they are all listed through the Bookstore. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Bookstore needs to list all resources that students will be expected to purchase or use for your course(s), so that we have good financial transparency for students and parents.  We know that many programs require students to purchase books one semester with the understanding that these same books will be used in later semesters.  To be most clear to students, we want to list all titles you expect your students to have, each semester.  I will craft a note to go into the Bookstore to tell students if they will be required to use a text for subsequent semesters, so that they won’t re-sell the book or get a version that expires.

Here are some things for you to watch for:

  • List one title per column.  If you need, Insert columns for your course
  • Line 13:  Edition:  list the edition number of the book you expect your students to use.  NOTE:  If this is not the most current edition, please make a note about that in the “additional information about the textbook” cell
  • LINE 14:   indicate the adoption level: Required; Optional; Required, previous purchase; Recommended. 
  • Line 15:  “New only?” is where you will indicate if it’s okay for a student to purchase a used copy (“no”) OR if it must be a new copy (like for a workbook).  NOTE:  If you expect your students to use the supplemental material available through a textbook’s access code, you should indicate “New Only” (so that students don’t purchase a used book with a used access code).
  • Line 16:  “Ebook acceptable?”  eBooks are challenging because they are usually much less expensive BUT most of the MBS eBooks expire after 3 or 6 months so they are not a solution if students need to use the book in subsequent semesters
  • Line 17:  “Additional information” – let me know anything unusual about the book, if it is available open access only through a website, if it is only available from the publisher/author, etc.  If the book is open access or can only be purchased directly through a publisher’s website, please supply me with the correct URL so the Bookstore can link to it.
  • Line 1:  When you have completed reviewing and revising this information, please indicate in the top row if you have Approved, Updated OR Added a column. 

Each program has its own Google Doc.  Click below on the link for your program:

NOTE that these links are also available through the Library’s homepage / Faculty / Submit Textbook Adoptions

Please have your textbooks entered no later than June 17, 2019 (or before you leave for the summer). 

Let me know if you have any questions about this process:; 402-481-3908.