Barnes & Noble @ Longwood now uses the Barnes & Noble Adoptions and Insights Portal to report adoptions. This site draws from a number of publisher databases to assist you in easily locating the correct text. Make sure that you share information about what format (e.g. print/ebook) you recommend students obtain if you have a preference.
If you're using an OER or other text that you can't find on the site, reach out directly to the bookstore for assistance. Alternatively, for OER, you can also indicate that no book is assigned, but add a note to the alert students that a book actually is required, although it is free.
Use this site to report your adoptions. Or contact the bookstore directly.
According to the Faculty Policy and Procedures Manual, "textbook adoptions shall be made with sufficient lead time to university- or contract-managed bookstores so as to confirm availability of the requested materials and, where possible, ensure maximum availability of used textbooks." Universal reporting to the bookstore
Creates a comprehensive list of all course materials being assigned.
Creates transparency for students, so they are aware of what they need to purchase. Or, in the case of open texts, are aware there is a text for the course, even if it's free.
Ensures that those students who are required to use financial aid dollars marked for course materials at the bookstore can use their funds to purchase materials.
Ensures that those students who may want their own copy or a print copy can obtain it through the bookstore.
Due to both the policy requirement and the additional benefits, Greenwood Library recommends reporting textbook adoptions to the bookstore, even for texts which are freely available, including library ebooks and OER. However, for those freely available books, you should include a note alerting your students that a free version exists.
Adding a note about free editions
Whenever there is a free version of your course material available, GreenwoodLibrary strongly encourages faculty to add a note in the Barnes & Noble interface. Letting students know a free version is available
Creates transparency so students know and can evaluate their options of obtaining the required materials.
Eases worries of students worried about the cost of the textbook or, alternatively, how they can succeed if they can't afford to purchase the materials.
For OER indicated as "no textbook required," lets students know they actually do have a textbook, it's just freely available.
Notes can be added through the Adoptions and Insights Portal or by contacting the bookstore directly. The note will appear alongside the book listing on the Barnes & Noble site.
Sample notes include:
Please talk to your instructor before purchasing this text.
This book is available as a free version online/through Greenwood Library. Please see your instructor for additional information.
Use the search box above to access a wide array of Open Educational Resources, shared library resources, and previews of content available for purchase using VIVA funds (contact Greenwood Library for full-text access).
Once you have found a title you wish to use, please select the "Adopt" or "Request Purchase" buttons and complete the form. A library staff member will send you access links after processing.
The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal is part of the Virtual Library of Virginia Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative that promotes affordability in higher education and student success. For more information, including Open Course Grants and the Open Education Network, click here.
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