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One new feature that you’ve probably noticed on the library’s website is the “New in the Library” link under “News and Events.”
Instead of coming to the reference desk to ask us what’s new in the library (although we wouldn’t mind if you did), you can quickly and easily find out for yourself by going to the library’s website. There are lists for fiction, non-fiction, and video—and you can get a quick glimpse at the book and DVD covers while you’re at it (perfect for the visually inclined).
Since the “News and Events” section is always changing, you can also go to the “New in the Library” link in the “Library Information” section. It’ll take you directly to the catalog, and you can narrow your search by selecting if you want to see all of the new books that have come in to the library within the past several weeks or months (or yesterday, if you’re so inclined).
Textbooks in the Library
For the first three weeks of every semester the most frequently asked question in the library is “do you have the textbook for my class?” Unfortunately the answer is probably no. Typically libraries do not purchase textbooks for a variety of reasons
- The library’s role is to buy materials that supplement and expand materials presented in the textbooks.
- There would be no way to purchase the multiple copies of a text book that would be required on a campus this size.
- Too many editions; on average a new edition of a textbook is produced every three years. It would be extremely difficult to be purchasing all these new editions.
- MONEY! The average cost of a textbook is $57-$61, students pay close to $900 for textbooks in a year. If we do some admittedly simplistic math we see that there are 793 courses taught this semester at Harper, at $60 per book that would be $47580 (This figure is only for this semester and doesn’t account for different sections of the same course using a different textbook). This figure is 21 percent of the entire book budget.
Issues surrounding the cost of textbooks are a big concern on every college campus. Textbook prices are rising at four times the rate of inflation. New editions are published rapidly, which harms the used textbook market. The same problems that plague students are multiplied many times for libraries.
If you are having trouble getting a textbook from the bookstore or you want to try and save some money, there are a few things that you can try. The first is to check the Library Catalog. We do have a few textbooks and sometimes you can get lucky. We also have access to books and other materials from libraries across the state and nation. It is possible to borrow a textbook from another library using the I-Share catalog or interlibrary loan service. Be aware, however, that this is not a sure thing. If the book is available it may take anywhere from 3-14 days to get it and you will not be able to keep it the entire semester. Ask your teacher to put a copy of your textbook on reserve in the library. Many times an instructor will have a copy of a textbook which can be put on reserve. Usually the book would be available for in-library use only, to make sure that the most people have access to it. Unfortunately there will be many times when you have no option but to purchase the book. You may wish to checkout online booksellers like amazon.com or alibris.com, which has a textbook section on their website, abebooks.com also, has a textbook section.
The future of textbooks looks a little brighter for example, downloadable E-textbooks which could be purchased in smaller units, like chapters. Classes could also be taught using open source materials freely available on the Internet. Some courses now are taught using a “coursepack”, a collection of materials distributed in class rather than using a textbook. Some schools have also developed textbook leasing programs. For now though, issues surrounding textbooks continue to be a big problem for students and the library.
Fall into a Good Book
The Harper Library has a special collection of leased books available for use by anyone with a Harper Library Card. The leased book collection consists of newer releases of popular fiction and non-fiction. The books are selected from the New York Times Best Seller List, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and suggestions from our loyal readers. The books are here for your reading pleasure.
If you would like to suggest a book to be added to the leased book collection, please contact Karen Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s nothing quite like a musical to bring you out of the winter doldrums. The Harper Library has recently acquired many movie musicals on DVD – most are classics, like The Music Man, and others are relatively new and unconventional, like South Park, Bigger, Longer & Uncut. But they’re all great movies and a wonderful escape!
Recently added titles include:
The Busby Berkeley Disc (featuring production numbers from many Busby Berkeley musicals)
South Park, Bigger, Longer & Uncut
A Star is Born (1954 version starring Judy Garland)
Meet Me in St. Louis
On the Town
The Band Wagon
The Music Man
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Love Me Tonight
If you’re interested in finding more movie musicals owned by Harper Library, search the Harper Library Catalog for the subject heading “Musical Films”. And if there’s a title you don’t see that you would like us to have, feel free to let any library staff member know!
After a night at the Oscars, enjoy some previous winners from the library collection. All of the following films are available on the 1st floor of the library:
Chinatown (Best Screenplay 1974) DVD PN1997 .C45 1999
Ratatouille (Best Animated Feature 2008) DVD PZ7 .R185 2007
Rebecca (Best Picture 1940) DVD PN1997 .R434 2001
Gosford Park (Best Screenplay 2002) DVD PN1997 .G67 2002
The Last Days (Best Documentary 1998) DVD D804.3 .L3 1999
The French Connection (Best Picture 1971) DVD PN1997 .F74 2001
The Bridge on the River Kwai (Best Picture 1957) DVD PN1997 .B74 2000
Indochine (Best foregin language film 1992) DVD PN1997 .I583 1999
When We Were Kings ( Best Documentary 1997) DVD GV1132.A4 W44 1997
To find other Academy Award winners in our collection, just click the Library catalog link on the library’s homepage and type: Academy Awards into the search box. Click the search button and a list of films will come up. Happy viewing!
Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865
A Bicentennial Celebration
At the William Rainey Harper College Library
A Readers’ Theater
Evoking the Spirit and Legacy
Of the 16th President of the United States
Presented by the Harper College Library
and the Harper College Speech Team
2nd Floor of the Harper College Library
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Refreshments will be served
Look for our trivia contest
(Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!)