According to the potty mouths over at Cracked.com, the phrase; “Carpe diem”, should mean something more along the lines of; “Get your work done now, before it’s too late.” Carpe diem, let’s walk through how Spring term textbooks make it on the shelf.
It starts with an adoption request from a faculty member or department. This adoption request identifies a specific book or group of books for a particular class. Spring term adoptions started coming in during the second week of January.
Every piece of information regarding the books arrives through the adoption process. If your professor doesn’t adopt a book, we don’t know that it is being utilized. The ISBN, the required or optional status, what sequence it is read in, all comes to us on this request from a professor.
That doesn’t automatically put it in the computer though; before it shows up here a lot more work goes into it. The first step is with our order coordinator. She looks for anomalies, known issues or possible issues.
For each of these issues the coordinator will contact the professor with possible solutions. Is it OK to switch to the paperback (or is there something special about the hardcover)? Since the book is out of print, does the professor want to create a course packet from the book or choose a different book? Is the old edition ok for a course since the new edition does not come out until week 4 of the term? Only after this has been completed, are [...]
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