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3 ways you can help students manage rising textbook costs

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3.  Try Course Reserves.  Course Reserves is a service in which instructors provide a copy of their current textbook to the Library.  Students go to the Circulation Desk to request the textbook by instructor or course name.  The instructor decides whether the book is Library Use Only (3 hour loan) or 3 Day Loan.  This is a great service for students waiting for textbooks or financial aid checks to arrive. It’s not too late to submit your request.  For more information, please see our Course Reserves LibGuide.

2.  Use Library resources.  The Library has nearly 70,000 print books and 140,000 e-books accessible to all Leeward students, faculty and staff.  We also subscribe to many databases with online access to thousands of journals, reports, and streaming videos.  Check our Voyager catalog to see if any required reading titles are available to your students via the Library.  For a list of all the Library’s online resources, please see our Online Research Tools page

1.  Consider OER.  Open educational resources (OER) is an opportunity to eliminate textbook costs for your students. Leeward CC has adopted the team-based approach to using OER in courses. The team consists of at least one Librarian, one Educational Technologist and one faculty member working together using a systematic, project-based approach for each course adoption of OER. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting student success in making higher education more affordable. For more information, please go to the Leeward OER site.  View our OER @ Leeward Tech It Out Day 2015 presentation.

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