Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Course textbooks are expensive! Borrow one from the Libraries.

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The Libraries' Course Textbook Initiative's aim is to increase student access to textbooks and offset student costs on them. Just over $100,000 has been allocated to the purchase of select course textbooks, funded by UAL and the Students' Union.  

After consultation with its Students' Library Advisory Committee last year, the Libraries decided to prioritize the purchase of one copy of all required undergraduate textbooks that cost $50 or more and that support courses with a total enrolment of 20 or more students.  For courses with large enrolments, one textbook is ordered for every 75 students.  A small portion of the budget has been set aside to respond to individual requests for textbooks that fall outside of these two priority areas.    

This new initiative will be reviewed at the end of each term to assess the use of purchased materials as well as purchasing priorities for future terms.

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