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  • qlewis 12:28 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: The Last Role Call 

    Finals are approaching and the classes have come to a close. This will be my last entry before signing off for a good while. I have had fun typing these blog posts and hopefully helping out with some tips on University of Dallas’ bookstores. This blog has had its ups and downs and too many polls but hey it was my first. I may want to come back and see if things have changed again in between semesters but for now this is my last entry for the year. I hope to expand more on my knowledge on blogging and in turn I hope everyone has a good semester next spring and do well on Finals! Signing Out.

  • qlewis 1:11 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Getting the timing right 

    Finals are getting close University of Dallas students and while studying may be the first thing to do there is also time to look at the schedule and see which days are good for selling your books back. For others this is a time to catch those students selling books and intercept them if they have just finished a class you need to take next semester.

    Here is the link to see what the exam schedule is: Finals 2010 Schedule

    One thing that cannot be helped is timing. Sometimes the students who have a class on the first day of testing get their books for a higher price than students with the same class doing book buyback at a later testing day. So what to do?

    Do not despair. Sort out the books that can be used for buyback early and see which ones are not needed for a upcoming final. Those books are the easiest to sell on the first day of buyback.

    Second, sometimes there are lines of people waiting for their turn to buyback a book. Strike up a conversation with a person in front or behind you and see which classes they are taking. They may be ending a class that you are taking next semester so exchange information and get their books.

    Third option is to talk to a teacher. They can see if they can reach students that have taken their class a previous semester and see if they still have their books. I lucked out one year when I took a Spanish class and my teacher contacted a former student of hers and I got the book from him. Maybe it can work for you, but don’t expect this option to be open with every teacher.

    Enjoy the Christmas break while at the same time do not stress out over future Finals. I hope to pass and not get angry at myself when grades come in. Happy hunting.

  • qlewis 12:55 am on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Laugh or Give sighs of Relief UD students for Valero Books 

    Of all the sites I searched for cheap and new textbooks I don’t think I ever came across one that has its own Youtube channel. I have found one and was left dumbfounded by their video. The company is Valore Books and they have their own mascot in the form of a beaver named Victor. He became an honorary student at PSU.

    Also included on the site are links to their Facebook page, Twitter page, Myspace page, information about scholarships, video clips of the Jersey Shore show for some reason, and their blog.

    To access their services you have to sign up and make an account just like what Amazon.com does. They will accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover credit cards as payment for their books.

    Below is their Youtube video posted four years ago in regards to the increasing textbook prices. I have no words for what I saw, but it is safe for work.

    P.S. Their goal is to have 15,000 fans someday.

  • qlewis 5:02 am on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Update on UD Banner Web 

    On Friday I went to the bookstore to see if the system Manager Matt told me about a few weeks back was installed yet. So far, he has not received any requests from the teachers so he has not been able to provide a list of books for next semester nor Interterm.

    That’s all.

  • qlewis 2:21 am on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Saving Book Receipts 

    The ever important receipt. For those who have credit or debit cards, it is a life saver when one needs to return or verify a purchase.

    For the University of Dallas, their bookstore allows a short period of time where a student can return a book that they had bought, new or used, to the bookstore and get the full price back…only if they brought the book’s receipt with them as well.

    Usually this window of opportunity lasts the first few weeks of the semester (usually three or four) and the reason for this is that some teachers change at the last minute which books are required for their class and so a student may have spent precious money on a book they don’t need…at all.

    There are pros and cons to this depending on what payment method you choose when buying the book.

    If you bought the book with cash then when you bring in the receipt then you can get the money back in cash. However if you bought the book using a credit card or check then the bookstore has to get ahold of the bank you are with.

    Check your bank’s policies on refunds and fees because each bank is different in how they handle returned money. I had to wait four days for my fee with Bank of America to be returned to my account and in the meanwhile I still needed to buy books.

    Also keeping the receipts in a knowledgeable place is another issue. Even if you know you have the receipt it is best to know where it is at all times for those first few weeks.

    Check the bag the books came in to make sure the receipt was taken out of the bag. Sometimes when discarding the bag, one ends up throwing away the receipt as well.

    Personally, I use my receipts as bookmarks for my books so that I know where they are in case I need them. Other good spots are beside the bed or in a designated corner on a table or desk.

    Whatever works for you is good as long as you remember. Receipts are good tools to keep.

  • qlewis 3:25 am on October 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Book Brouhaha: The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) 

    University of Dallas Textbook Manager Matt told me of a new law that was implemented this year that should make buying textbooks easier for college students: The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)

    Started in July 1, 2010, the act qualifies that every student gets all information in regards to their classes before school ends or even before the next semester starts. Under Section 133, part a, the act details itself as so:

    “The purpose of this section is to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials by decreasing costs to students and enhancing transparency and disclosure with respect to the selection, purchase, sale, and use of course materials. It is the intent of this section to encourage all of the involved parties, including faculty, students, administrators, institutions of higher education, bookstores, distributors, and publishers, to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students.”

    Listed on the University of Dallas website, under the Students tab lists the Banner Web section.

    When going into the University of Dallas bookstore, bring Manager Matt your schedule listing the classes you plan on taking. In Banner Web there is a new section in which one can look up the classes and the books required for that class. He can show students exactly where to look if they have any trouble finding it.

    At this point in time I cannot tell exactly where to look because students cannot register for classes at this time. Only when a student registers for the class can they access all the book information. The class schedule can be found in Banner Web but you need to get your adviser’s pin number

    For more information on HEOA here are some links:

    The guidelines

    The History

  • qlewis 8:35 pm on October 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Employing Shelf Tags in University of Dallas 

    Shelf Tags are a very important thing to look at in the University of Dallas bookstore. Each tag lists the class number which the book is for. If the teacher has more than one book needed for their class then when you find one book you can see on the left hand corner how many are left for their class.

    Usually a shelf tag looks similar to this one below:

    This year I saw there are “For Rent” tags that distinguish the new system. These have been newly implemented and so hopefully the system makes it easier for students who can’t purchase the book right away to have it ready for class.

    The biggest clue to determine which books are for rent and which aren’t if the “for rent” tab is not on the side of the shelf tag is a section below the prices that says the rental price.

    So pay close attention when in the bookstore. These shelf tags have cleared much confusion.

    Thanks to Manager Matt for allowing the photos to be taken. Thanks to picture taker of photos of shelf tags that were taken by Laura Victor. Through the eyes of a freshman she observes with new eyes the UD system. Her blog can be found here

  • qlewis 2:06 am on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Manager Matt knows where it’s at 

    While the University of Dallas site lists Anita Johnson as the Bookstore Manager, it is the guy with the auburn sideburns named Matt who one should go to.

    Matt takes in the requests the professors hand over as to which books need to be sent to the University. Sometimes those same professors change their minds but the books still find their way in.

    The next few blog posts will focus on what Matt faces as the Textbook manager and what he has observed each year. As each new semester comes in, one can only hope that the books come in.

    P.S. For starters, Matt says that the book prices are not instituted by the University of Dallas. The books’ publishers charge the prices and he lists them.

  • qlewis 11:44 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: University of Dallas Library Changes 

    I have been working in the library seven weeks now and have seen students confused at some changes the library has instituted this year. For one, I was surprised to hear that the library is no longer using bar codes.

    This time is a fact checker blog and not a strategy entry. This entry will focus on things I have observed while working in the UD library and what have confused students the most so far: The Library Cards and number of books they can check out.

    Library Cards:

    The bar code number that used to allow students to check out books is now obsolete. The new ID cards given at the beginning of the year have been infused with a number that will be registered into the library system. However you have to go to the library and have the numbers changed.

    Some people have saved their library cards from a previous year and tried to use those without knowing about the new system.

    To obtain a new card, go to the Campus Safety office in the Haggar building and ask them for a new ID card. That is all it takes.

    Limit of Books to check out:

    Each student has a limit of thirty books that they can check out at one time. Additionally, each book can be renewed three times unless someone has reserved the book while you have it in your possession.

    Hope this helps and again continue in your quest for books. Any other information can be found on the University of Dallas site under their Library section.

  • qlewis 11:53 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bagging Books Brouhaha: Bothered By Book Budgeting 

    What happens when you are on a budget? Money is saved and spent according to necessity.

    Preparing for college, particularly the University of Dallas, books take up the most out of people’s budget and choosing the right books can be a stressful process.

    You need to save money…but which books do you need now and which ones can be bought later?

    This question and its answer can either help you gracefully or stab you in the back painfully.

    Sometimes a teacher gives their list of books early so that you have time to get them over the summer but then there are times when the number of books reaches a point where you can’t buy them all.

    So it’s time to budget but how?

    At the University of Dallas, there are ways as to figure out which books are absolutely necessary for a particular class. Asking people who previously took the class helps limit the book number down. Often the teacher lists their most important book(s) first and their other books are mentioned later. As an additional bonus, the teacher may give you a handout with a calendar list of which books will be required for their next class.

    Another strategy is to contact the University of Dallas bookstore by phone or in person and reserve a book. Their holding length has changed over the years and this year a person only has until closing time before they re-shelve the book.

    If one cannot reserve then another option to choose between new and used. For some classes, if they require a lot of books then it might be unavoidable to buy used. Fortunately, the UD bookstore grants students the chance to look at the book(s) before deciding which to buy.

    Another option is to get a book voucher from the Business Office in Carpenter Hall. The voucher limit is $300 so as long as one stays within that price range then a student should be alright. However they will put this on your bill later on so be cautious when deciding to get one.

    Most important factor here is to not be discouraged. The first week of college usually doesn’t require anyone to bring their books. That first week is usually used to establish how the class schedule will be and what to expect.

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