The Reader


Fall 2007  Page 5

Books:  Ebooks, P-books, New books, Free books, Textbooks!
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The Los Rios libraries now owns more than 10,000 electronic books.  All are listed in LOIS, the library catalog.  When you do a keyword, author, or title search in LOIS, you'll find ebook titles in your list, as well as conventional print titles (p-books..).  The ebook titles show the note “electronic resource” and an ebook icon.  To read an ebook, simply click on “View E-Book."  If you are on campus, the book will open.  If you are off-campus, type in your student access card or employee ID number and a library PIN to open the book.  (Library users receive a default library PIN when they activate or use their student or employee ID card as a library card.)

ebook icon  Ebooks are available to all registered library users through a web connection 24 hours a day (one user at a time).
ebook icon  Distance education students can use ebooks without coming to the library.
ebook icon  You can assign an ebook for class use without placing a hard copy of the book on reserve.

ebook icon  Your students can’t lose ebooks and they won’t pay overdue fines on them.

ebook icon  Libraries buy ebooks in discounted bundles, so you’ll find content that the library could not buy in print.  

P-books, New Books

You know and love them as Print Books, books served up on paper the old-fashioned way.  The library still has 'em, likely always will, for several very good reasons.  Econtent magazine cites these (selected and summarized):

  • Print books work.

  • Despite advances in displays and the current promise of e-ink/e-paper, most people still find paper books easier to read.

  • Ebooks need to aim at niches where they work better than paper books.  The biggest niche is textbooks.

  • Digital rights management causes compatibility and sharing problems that limit ebook potential.

  • Ebooks should do things print books can't do...forms of interactivity and extended resources that serve specific needs.

  • Ebooks are for book readers.  An electronic version of a book-length text won't make it more palatable to an electronic gamer.

You decide.  We still buy P.  Check these out:

Rosing, Norbert.  The world of the polar bear.  2006

book jacket for The World of the Polar Bear
Morris, Tee and Evo Terra.  Podcasting for dummies.  2006.
White teachers, diverse classrooms : a guide to building inclusive schools, promoting high expectations, and eliminating racism.  Edited by Julie Landsman and Chance W. Lewis.  2006.
Salkind, Neil J.  Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics.  2007.
Wild, Antony.  Coffee : a dark history.  2005. book jacket for Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Information literacy instruction that works : a guide to teaching by discipline and student population.  Edited by Patrick Ragains.  2006. 
Murakami, Haruki.  Blind willow, sleeping woman : twenty-four stories.  Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Jay Rubin.  2006.

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Free Books

Did I say that?  I must have meant that your students desperately need textbooks to succeed in your classes.  Can you donate one? 

It's about textbooks:
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SCC students borrowed textbooks from the library reserve collection 24,065 times in Spring semester 2006 and 51,390 times from July 2006 through June 2007. 

There are 2200 items on reserve, including books, solution manuals, exams, and more.

A new Math 100 textbook costs over $90.00.  A new Economics 100 textbook is over $115.00.  Both are up from last year.

Library staff commit a significant portion of the book budget to the purchase of textbooks, reducing funds for the general collection.
And it's about students:
heart made of shamrocks Textbooks cost many students more than their tuition, fees, and parking combined.  Textbooks can add up to a month's rent.


Many students need access to textbooks to do their homework and succeed in their classes. 


Students who have access to required textbooks are more likely to succeed in class and stay in school.

Faculty, you can help: 

  1. Contact your publishers rep. and ask for a copy of your textbook for library reserve.  Many publishers will provide a copy if the textbook has been ordered for a class.  Please do this early; students need the books from day one.

  2. When the copy arrives, take it to the reserve desk on the second floor of the library.  

  3. Fill out a reserve form to set the loan period.  Submit the form and the book.  There's no need to wait in line.Click here to find out where the textbook dollar goes! 

 Questions?  Email Yolanda Escobar, Mary Ann Robinson or Lorilie RoundtreeLorilie can also answer questions about placing certain items on e-reserves.

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