Category: Service Desk

Meet your Research Instruction Librarians!

Research Instruction Librarians are here to help you brainstorm and refine your research topic, locate scholarly research, materials,  data, and help you cite information. There is a librarian subject specialist for every major!

  • Drop-in to meet with a librarian without an appointment, even just to say hi!
    • Monday–Thursday, 10:00am–5:00pm
    • Visit the Service Desk and a library staff member will direct you to a librarian
    • Stop by Milne 105 (Lower Level), the librarians’ office space
  • Schedule a research appointment with a librarian ahead of time: go.geneseo.edu/ResearchConsultations.
  • Librarians by Subject Specialty: https://libguides.geneseo.edu/librarians

 

How long can you keep a book checked out? Find out here!

Did you know we have an updated loan period for our general collection?  Did you know we also loan out textbooks, DVDs, media equipment, netbooks, and even calculators?

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Milne Library is open Labor Day Weekend!

 

Our Service Desk will be open and Access Services staff will be here to help you!

Labor Day Weekend Hours:

Saturday August 31  10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday September  1st  10:00 am – 1:00 am

Monday September 2nd (Labor Day)  7:30 am – 1:00 am

 

All Library Hours: https://www.geneseo.edu/library/library-hours

Need more help? https://libanswers.geneseo.edu/form.php?queue_id=483

WELCOME, Students!

Welcome, Students! Milne Library wishes you the best for Fall Semester! Here is a handy list of ways the Library can help you:

Library Hours: https://www.geneseo.edu/library/library-hours

Schedule a research appointment with a librarian ahead of time: go.geneseo.edu/ResearchConsultations.

Subject specific databases: Milne Library’s Research Guides

Library Self-Help:  https://libanswers.geneseo.edu/

Tech Support: CIT HelpDesk (585) 245-5588

Additional ways we can help you: https://www.geneseo.edu/library/help-students

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Need research help this summer? Chat with a Librarian or Submit a Question!

Are you taking an online class this summer and need help locating articles or formatting citations? Milne Librarians are here to help! During May through August, you may Chat with Us online by clicking on the blue icon on the library homepage. If we are offline, this button will say “Submit a Question,” and a librarian will respond to your inquiry.

If you are on campus, visit Milne 105 for in-person research help!

A librarian will be available to assist you Monday–Thursday between 10am and 4pm.

Summer Research Help at Milne Library

Are you taking an online class this summer and need help locating articles or formatting citations? Milne Librarians are here to help! During May through August, you may Chat with Us online by clicking on the blue icon on the library homepage. If we are offline, this button will say “Submit a Question,” and a librarian will respond to your inquiry.

If you are on campus, visit Milne 105 for in-person research help!

A librarian will be available to assist you Monday–Thursday between 10am and 4pm.

WELCOME, Students! Research Help is here for you!

Welcome, Students! As the semester begins and due dates for your research assignments and projects approach, see what assistance (and time savings) a research librarian can offer you!

Librarians can help you: brainstorm and refine your research topic, locate scholarly research, materials, and/or data, help you cite information, and much more!

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Textbooks and Reserves

Milne library has a growing collection of required course texts for many of the courses taught on campus. Most are available for 4 hour loan at the Service Desk.

For an in-depth explanation of all that is available, check out our Find Textbooks and Course Reserves Guide.  With many options of how to access required materials for students’ different courses, the process may be confusing. This guide will help students find material for their coursework.

If Milne doesn’t have the text or course reading that you need on reserve at the Service Desk, you may be able to find it in the general collection.  Here are a few ways to find out:

  1. Search for the title in GLOCAT+ to see if we have it in the library’s general collection.
  2. Search for the title of your textbook on our How Do I Find My Course Texts library guide to see if we have it on 4 hour reserve at the Service Desk.
  3. Search for it in IDS Search to see if we can borrow it for you from another library.

And don’t forget about our new Kindle Textbooks on Reserve!

We are piloting a new way of providing affordable access to textbooks. Starting this semester, we will be circulating selected textbooks on Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Kindles can be checked out for 4 hours and include the following textbooks:

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, 5th ed.)

Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts, 5th ed.)

Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)

Multivariable Calculus (Stewart, 7th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (Solomons, 11th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)

Organic Chemistry (McMurry, 8th ed.)

What is the impact of textbook prices on students?

written by Tim Bowersox and Kate Pitcher

It is a commonly heard story on campus that students are feeling the pressure when it comes to textbook prices.  Anecdotally, librarians and faculty have heard about many students’ dropping or avoiding classes because they cannot afford the required texts — not because of content, interest or availability. Next week, Milne Library will be holding a series of events related to the open access movement and how we can redefine the impact of free and open resources on higher education.

How do textbook prices impact college students?

imageWe do know that nationally, students bear a high cost to attend college, but how much do textbook costs factor into these budgets?  In 2012, the Florida Student Textbook Survey was conducted by the Florida Virtual Campus (a network of public colleges in Florida). The researchers interviewed over 20,000 students from all 11 of Florida’s state universities.

Among the many survey goals, officials wanted to find out how much Florida students spent on textbooks during the Spring 2012 semester; the frequency with which students buy new textbooks; how students are affected by the cost of textbooks; what formats students prefer; and additionally, what students’ perceptions of the availability of textbooks in their institutions’ libraries actually is.

In brief, the researchers found several trends:

  • Textbook costs continue to take a toll on students financially and academically

  • Students use various means to reduce costs of textbooks, including purchasing books from a source other than the campus bookstore, renting textbooks, purchasing used books, selling their used books, and using copies on reserve at the campus library

  • Some institutions’ libraries provide textbooks for checkout, extending a lifeline to students who cannot afford to purchase a textbook

How Geneseo students feel about textbooks

Much of this was seen in our own informal polling of our students.  During the Spring 2012 semester, we conducted a brief survey to gage the attitudes of SUNY Geneseo students toward textbook prices. Though the response rate was small, we did receive some candid feedback:

“Sometimes, it makes me not want to take a class. I’m somewhat funding myself, so high costs of textbooks are a deciding factor for me.” — Sophomore

“Forced to get old outdated versions where the page numbers dont match up because buying the right/new version is too expensive.” — Junior

“I have to really think ahead and plan ahead to make sure I will have the money to buy my textbooks. There have been classes I haven’t taken because the cost of the textbooks has been too high for me to afford.” — Junior

“It is very expensive to buy textbooks. Generally my professors are honest about whether or not we will use the text during class, but sometimes I go through a whole semester without even opening it. Textbook buy-back stinks because I barely get a fraction of what I initially paid. Basically, it is an incredibly expensive addition to the already incredibly expensive cost of furthering my education. “ — Junior

“I had a work study job this year to cover various expenses, but with the costs of textbooks, I rarely had cash to spend. My parents are helping pay for my college education and they too are financially strained by how expensive the textbooks can be in addition to everything else we need to pay for.” — Freshman

Milne Library can’t do it alone

In an effort to mitigate some of the burden of purchasing textbooks, Milne Library has developed a Textbooks on Reserve collection. Currently, the collection consists of 787 unique titles — that’s roughly 72% of the unique titles assigned by faculty for the Fall 2013 semester. Although some of the titles were already in our collection, we rely heavily upon donations from faculty and students in order to stay current. Why? Because we simply cannot afford to buy the latest edition of each textbook every year.

FreeTextbookOur Textbook on Reserve collection also has limited reach. In order to ensure that as many students as possible can access the collection, students can only check out one book at a time for 4 hours. Since we often only have one or two copies of a book, not every student can access a copy when they need it most: often the night before an assignment is due.

Some students also try to borrow their textbooks through Information Delivery Services (IDS). However, this also has limitations. Many libraries do not allow us to borrow textbooks through interlibrary loan. We are often forced to borrow older or alternate editions. As with all materials we borrow from other libraries, due dates are often limited to 4-6 weeks — meaning students have to return the items before the end of the semester.

Where do we go from here?

We want to know your thoughts. Please respond to our blog post with your comments – how do textbook prices impact your educational experience at Geneseo?  What are some strategies or alternatives used to avoid buying a textbook?

Download and read the 2012 Florida Student Textbook Survey