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  • qlewis 12:45 am on November 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , complex, disruptive, graph, jester, library, technology, , world   

    Bity Book Bite: Graph of a College Textbook 

    Scrolling for more advice on escaping higher textbook prices and I come across on Google Images this interesting graph:

    Click to enlarge

    As expected I am not the only one blogging about raising textbook prices, and this graph came from a 2008 post made by the Disruptive Library Technology Jester. It details the basic structure of how a textbook is bought to the moment when a student tries to sell the book back. The article where the graph came from, “The Complex World of The Textbook,” contained valuable information on the subject of textbooks ranging from ebooks to student’s reactions to the rising textbook prices.

    The article has updated since it’s first post and is still open for those who want to input their thoughts. The link can be found here.

  • qlewis 11:44 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , card, changes, checkout, , library, , system,   

    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 4:29 am on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , distance, drive, driving, libraries, library, map, nearby, ,   

    Bagging Books: Libraries close enough to the University 

    When a teacher gives an assignment and you have only the weekend to get that book, one is pretty much doomed at the University of Dallas.

    If there is one thing troublesome about the University of Dallas, it is the fact that there is pretty much nothing within walking distance except for one lone convenience store.

    If the convenience store doesn’t have what you need then a Dart bus provides the only method of escape but you have to get the timing right or you end up stranded in a unfamiliar place.

    The University’s store (where the textbooks are held) provides a few necessary items but closes at bad times when you think it would be most needed. Those times are the weekends.

    According to their site these are the times that the University of Dallas store is open on weekends.

    Sat 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Sun CLOSED

    So…bad luck there.

    If you try to order a book from online then it may arrive but the post office is closed on weekends and you need to sign a form before getting your book so bad luck there too.

    Last chance is the library.

    For the fortunate ones that brought their cars and the ones who have made friends with those people with cars, they can escape. Within 3 miles one can reach a library by car.

    Here is a short list of the nearest libraries near the University of Dallas the rest can be found on the map below provided by Google Maps.

    • Irving East Library,  440 S Nursery Rd # 103: 9-10 minute drive depending on route
    • Irving Public Libraries: Central Library, 801 W Irving Blvd:  10-11 minute drive depending on route
    • Irving Northwest Library, 2928 N Belt Line Rd: 10-12 minute drive depending on route
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