Campus stores/university bookstores have long considered themselves at the forefront of textbook affordability, including providing cheaper, used versions or options for renting texts. As such, they are often supportive of current textbook affordability and open education initiatives.
Barnes & Noble @ VCU follows this trend, and VCU Libraries considers them a valuable partner in our textbook affordability work. They are even a partner on the VCU Affordable Course Content Awards.
For the bookstore staff supporting course materials, the needs of VCU faculty and students are their top priority. We encourage you to reach out to them if you have any questions about your adoptions, including the options we outline on this page. They follow the lead of the faculty, so clear communication about what you need and/or want to share with your students is important!
According to the VCU Textbook Adoptions and Sales Policy, all "faculty shall submit textbook and course material adoption information to the respective university bookstore." Universal reporting to the bookstore
Due to both the policy requirement and the additional benefits, VCU Libraries 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.
Barnes & Noble @ VCU 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.
Whenever there is a free version of your course material available, VCU Libraries strongly encourages faculty to add a note in the Barnes & Noble interface. Letting students know a free version is 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:
Barnes and Noble @ VCU partners with XanEdu to help faculty create customized print course materials. Materials can be a combination of openly licensed or copyrighted works. If the latter, XanEdu helps faculty license permissions for copyrighted content. Created content will automatically be available for purchase at the bookstore. There is no cost for faculty to use XanEdu. Learn more from XanEdu's website: