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Barnes & Noble Announces Digital Editions of Leading College and University Newspapers Now Available on NOOK®

“NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced today that it will bring newspapers from leading colleges and universities from across the U.S. to its expansive NOOK Newsstand offering through a newly announced content licensing partnership with distribution service UWIRE. The digital editions of hundreds of college and university newspapers will now be available across all NOOK devices and through the Free NOOK Reading Apps™. Major newspapers from leading colleges like Harvard, Columbia, Louisiana State University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan and University of Texas at Austin, can now be purchased for as little as $0.99 cents per month.” (via Barnes & Noble Booksellers)

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College Faculty Continue Their Love Affair with Print Textbooks, says New BISG Study

BISG Press Release – “A first ever survey of college faculty perceptions toward classroom materials found that professors continue to equate their own and their students’ successes in the classroom to the use of materials such as textbooks and most prefer print formats. Faculty Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education, led by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and powered by Bowker Market Research, reveals that 93 percent of faculty feel students who use required course materials receive higher grades in class. An even higher percentage feel the use of these materials by students enables professors to be more effective teachers.”

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More and more, college students go buy the e-books

Boston Globe – “Digital textbooks are a no-brainer for many, and sales are up this year.”

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More choices alter college textbook landscape

Associated Press – “On Friday afternoons between work and rugby practice, Brittany Wolfe would rush to the campus library hoping copies of her advanced algebra textbook had not all been checked out by like-minded classmates. It was part of the math major’s routine last quarter at the University of California, Los Angeles: Stand in line at the reserve desk in the library’s closing hours with the goal of borrowing a copy for the weekend. The alternative was to buy a $120 book and sell it back for far less. If she could sell it back at all.”

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Anonymous comments: Virginia Tech student paper’s Web site raising hackles

Columbus Dispatch – “A Virginia Tech advisory committee has recommended that the university cut funding to all campus media unless the student newspaper bans anonymous comments on its Web site. The University Commission on Student Affairs, mostly made up of students, decided that the way the newspaper monitors online comments is irresponsible, lacks accountability, victimizes students and misrepresents the university.”

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College recruiters are Twittering, too

USATODAYCollege admissions officials, keenly aware that their target audience grows more tech-savvy with every passing year, appear to be getting the hang of social media such as Twitter and Facebook. (via)

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Book numbers can be staggering at UI libraries

The Daily Iowan – At the Main Library, checkout-desk employees said they’ve seen people come in with bags, suitcases, and boxes stuffed with books to renew. “I’ve had people bring in, literally, more than 100 at once to renew,” said UI senior Jessi Phillips, who works at the circulation desk. But for some, 100 books is nothing.”

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Facebook or Facadebook?

ACRL LogFor the past three years or so, there has been on and off discussion of social networks on ili-l@ala.org. The thrust of these discussions has usually had to do with how academic libraries can exploit Facebook/MySpace/Whatever to connect with college students. It used to be that corporate entities couldn’t have presence on Facebook. You had to be a person. But, some of those restrictions now have workarounds of various types. A common thread with most of these discussions, including the one last week (4/20-4/24), was whether it is appropriate for ’authority figures’ to be on these social networks, and whether students welcome our presence in their playground.”

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Text Messaging Gone Wild at U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Wired Campus – “Many colleges have adopted text alerts as part of their emergency notification plans. That’s because text-messaging technology is very efficient at mobilizing large groups of people quickly. Unfortunately, that efficiency can have a dark side, as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga discovered last night.”

Jason Griffey (who works there) is bookmarking relevant videos/news stories on delicious.

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Well, Duh!

Inside Higher Ed – “Stop the presses: Today’s college students are using more technology than ever.”

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