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February 26, 2007
Sacramento State Bulletin

“If you were a book, what would your title be…”

The Library's Reserve Book Room, along with a number of Sacramento State students, became a little better-off this semester with a generous gift from the Hornet Bookstore.

The Sacramento State Hornet Bookstore and University Enterprises, Inc. recently awarded thirty-two $250 bookstore scholarships as part of its essay contest that asked the question, “If I were a book, my title would be . . ." Out of a total of 119 entrants, 32 were chosen to receive the funds.

Students were asked to submit a 250-word essay. Some of the imaginative titles were, “Fighting Words,” “Cancer to College,” “Chocolate Covered Imperfection,” and “Don’t Complain Campaign.” Selection was based on creativity, originality and quality of the essay.

Entries were scored by members of the Bookstore Scholarship Task Force comprised of faculty, Students, and University Enterprises. The task force is a sub-group of the Bookstore Advisory Council, and serves to develop and implement $10,000 a year in bookstore scholarships for UEI distribution.

Another round of scholarships will be awarded in fall 2007. Look for an announcement later this spring.

In addition to the designated student funds, $3,000 was gifted to the Library Reserve Book Room to purchase commonly used textbooks for Reserve Book Room use. The emphasis was on purchasing textbooks that have the greatest impact on the student population.

Because of the rising costs of textbooks, the faculty relies on the Reserve Book Room to purchase works that enhance their classes but may be cost prohibitive. Reserve Book Room staff earmarked 32 texts for purchase that would generate high volume usage and were deemed important to student learning. An added bonus to the program is that the Library can then sell the books back to the bookstore for credit towards other books, or move them to the Library's general collection.

The Reserve Book Room is a busy operation, processing 1,300 electronic-based works and 1,700 texts per week. "This scholarship program is wonderful," says Rhonda Rios Kravitz, head of Access Services at the Library. "If you think of the number of students we serve, you can see that the benefit to the campus is substantial."

For more information, contact the Library Reserve Book Room at 278-6876.




 

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