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SUNY Canton Library Doubles Textbook Loan Program

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

SUNY Canton is doubling its textbook loan program in an effort to offset the cost of attending college.

“Our Southworth Library Learning Commons has an extensive collection of textbooks held on reserve for students who cannot afford to purchase them,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “This year I’ve doubled their budget, from $6,000 to $12,000, to help further reduce financial barriers to education.”

A student gathers books from the textbook reserve section of the library.

Desire A. Manning, a SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons student employee from Stony Point, taking out materials from the college’s vast textbook reserve collection.

 

The cost of textbooks has risen by 73 percent over the past decade, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Almost a third of students reported that they had used their financial aid to pay for textbooks, which can lead to financial insecurity during their education. “Economic hardship is one of the reasons students withdraw from college,” Scheidt said.

The current collection includes textbooks for almost every single major, and almost all the textbooks for general education courses. The provost said 71 percent of courses have a text on reserve at the library. The library loaned items from its reserve text collection more than 12,000 times during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Students study at various tables in Southworth Library.

The Southworth Library Learning Commons recently underwent a major renovation that created more student study space overlooking the campus.

“We try to purchase the books that will have the greatest potential financial impact,” said Southworth Library Director Cori Wilhelm. “We purchase books for high-enrollment courses with the most expensive texts. We also try to purchase as many eBooks as we can.”

Some, but not all, courses may require ownership of a text. Many students have been able to check out one of the reserve copies for a couple of hours and complete their studies. Other students check out the texts and then go on to purchase or rent them from the school bookstore.

The library also loans cameras for use in the Criminal Investigation and Graphic and Multimedia Design program. Students can also check out computers, iPads, phone chargers and calculators from the circulation desk.

Wilhelm and former college Librarian Rachel Koenig authored a chapter in the book “Textbooks in Academic Libraries: Selection, Circulation, and Assessment” titled Basically Everything I Need, I Know the Library Has it: A Case Study of SUNY Canton’s Textbook Program.

The textbook loan program and innovative technology offerings are among the reasons the Southworth Library earned number one rankings in the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, which compares student satisfaction at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers.

The textbook loan program began more than 10 years ago at the Library. It has received funding from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant and the Canton College Foundation. Library employees and college faculty members have also purchased and donated books for the program.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Becomes Evolutionary Case Study

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons is the subject of a new article about evolving beyond books and collections.

Former Library Director Michelle L. Currier and current Director Cori Wilhelm recently published “Examining the Case of an Academic Library’s Student-Focused Patron-Satisfaction Approach to Organizational Transformation for Student Retention,” in the Library Leadership & Management Journal.

Southworth Library

SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons – The college’s library has become more than just a repository for books and has become a hub of campus life, according to new research by two SUNY Canton faculty members.

The article serves as a case study and chronicles the library’s transformation into a completely student-centered space. All of the growth was inspired by listening to and then responding to student patrons’ requests.

“In the span of a few years, we saw the library change from a minimally-used resource to a hub of campus life,” Currier said. “The article examines how the quality of student relationships with libraries factor as critical variables in overall satisfaction and retention.”

Students study on the top floor of Southworth Library.

Study Time at Southworth – Students study on the top floor of SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons during finals week.

In 2012, the Southworth Library Learning Commons earned a number one ranking among its peer technology sector institutions. In 2015, it was the highest rated library in the entire SUNY system. Both rankings were established through the SUNY system-wide Student Opinion Survey.

Wilhelm said that the library had undergone numerous overall renovations that made the building more attractive and modern during the past several years. The building’s staff also expanded hours to meet the schedules of the students.

Glenesha Harris uses a loaner laptop between book stacks.

Book Work – Glenesha Harris, a SUNY Canton Individual Studies major from the Bronx, uses one of the Southworth Library’s loaner laptops in a quite space among the book stacks.

“We’ve expanded our popular textbook loan program, which allows students access to textbooks that they may not be able to purchase,” Wilhelm said. “This past year, our Provost [Douglas M. Scheidt] provided additional support for the program, and we saw usage increase as a result.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Gives Questions to Answers on Jeopardy!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Cori Wilhelm will appear on NBC’s Jeopardy! game show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 on WPTZ.

The story has widely circulated the local media and has been the subject of many conversations at the College. Wilhelm participated in the game show and was filmed in August at the SONY Lot in Culver City L.A. She has been limited about what she can say about the show until after the broadcast.

Alex Trebeck and Cori Wilhelm

Cori Wilhelm pictured with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebeck. Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

“I can’t wait until it airs so that I can talk about it openly with my friends and co-employees,” the Assistant Librarian said. “The attention has been a bit overwhelming, but I appreciate the support. It’s great to know how many people are supportive and are planning on watching.”

She said she began studying during the qualification rounds, but studied a lot more, and harder, when she got the call to be a contestant. She used an online database of old Jeopardy questions to prepare.

“It’s hard to study in advance, because you don’t know what’s on the show,” Wilhelm said. “But being a librarian, I help students do research all the time. It keeps me fresh and gives access to a lot of topics.”

The Assistant Librarian had previously taken online qualification tests and had auditioned to be on the show twice, after receiving encouragement of her friends and family.

Wilhelm is a graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton Central High School in 2000, earned her undergraduate degree in History from St. Lawrence University in 2003, a master’s in Education from SUNY Potsdam 2005, and another degree from the University at Buffalo in library science 2011. She began working in SUNY Canton Office of Admissions in 2006, and started her current position in 2012.

 

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons Gives the Gift of Reading

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Staff members from SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam libraries will be giving away their favorite books.

The Southworth Library Learning Commons is participating in World Book Night U.S. and serving as a distribution point for volunteer book givers.

books2“I revel in the idea of sharing my favorite book with people who haven’t read it,” said Library Customer Service Specialist Loreen B. Murphy. “This is a great way for me to share what means the most to me with people who aren’t active readers.”

World Book Night U.S.is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of the books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to share literature with those who do not have the means or access to printed books. The event is slated for April 23 with distribution points around the United States.

Area World Book Night U.S. volunteers in the community will be picking up their books at Southworth Library and sharing them in locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, food pantries, and more.

Murphy and Assistant Librarian Cori Wilhelm have chosen respectively “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. They plan to circulate on campus to find people who don’t read for pleasure.

SUNY Potsdam volunteers involved with the project include librarians Elizabeth C. Andrews, Abby L. Smith and Marianne Hebert, who will run a World Book Night U.S. table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union. They will be giving away 60 free books: 20 each of “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Jester, “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier, and “Me Talk Pretty One Day.”

For more information about the World Book Night national event, visit: http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

The Southworth Library is involved in several other innovative projects, including one in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket day. SUNY Canton faculty and students digitally recorded their own poetry and distributed it via a podcast and other downloadable digital formats. For more information, visit www.canton.edu/library.