I am a college student working to get my bachelors degree in education
with my endorsment in art K-12. We are lucky here at the University of
Nebraska Omaha to have a library in the teachers college. Our library
contains various materials related to education including text books used
in the local school district. Our problem is we are no longer recieving
the books to use in our library. Many of our texts our seriously out of
date, our have just disappeared.
I know that many college students in the education field benefit from
seeing and using these materials. It helps us understand concepts of
planning both lessons and curricula. They are wonderful references. If
your school needs a better form of recycling, try talking to the local
As far as your college texts, well I don't think you really want to know,
but I'll shed some light on the subject. There is a middle man involved
who sucks up a large sum of your money, and he is very stingy on giving it
back to you. Have you ever wondered where the texts went after you sold
A few summers ago I took a job at the Nebraska Book Co. in Lincoln. This
is a large storage/warehouse where college texts are bought, sold, and
stored. The actual cost of a text book is truly disgusting in comparison
to what you actually pay for it in the book store.
The process involved at the warehouse is quite lengthy, and extremely
boring. Buyers will go to campus bookstores and buy x amount of books,
they are packed up and shipped to the warehouse. Once they arrive, they
are unloaded, unpacked, scanned, sorted, sorted again, and shelved in
alphabetical order. They sit there until the buying season begins for
campus bookstores, at which time they buy the books again. They are
located in the warehouse, unshelved, counted, packed, and shipped. Each
step in this not so small process costs you the student MONEY!
I can tell you that I was paid quite well for what I did, and I was only
temporary help for the summer. There are people in that company who have
been there for many years and I don't even want to venture a guess as to
how much they are making.
Anyways, if you want to save money buying books, but them from another
student at half the purchase price for the book (which is more than what
the bookstore will give you.) Just make sure the book is still current.
Sorry to have rambled on...