Since working as a LibRAT, I have learned many library tricks to save some extra cash on my course textbooks. Now, I get to pass on some of my tips to you!
Tip #1: Link+ “links” us to more libraries
Kennedy Library is able to expand the amount of books and other physical resources students can check out with Link+. Link+ literally “links” Kennedy Library to other university and public libraries throughout California and Nevada.
You can use Link+ for more than just checking out books for research. With a simple swipe of my PolyCard, I have checked out several readings for my GE classes that I only needed for a week through Link+.
One clever LibRAT was even able obtain her textbooks for the majority of her classes on Link+ for free!
As you stay awake till the library’s closing hours, cramming for your midterms and finishing your essays this week, you may have seen bright orange banners and logos. Don’t worry. Your over-caffeinated mind isn’t playing tricks on you.
All the orange in Kennedy Library this week shows our belief in open.
Much of what the Open Access Week movement supports align with the library’s belief in affordable learning for students. During Open Access Week, Kennedy Library’s special guests, staff, and students (like me!) want to discuss this open idea with the Cal Poly community.
This fall, Kennedy Library launched a new initiative called OATS. This Q and A is here to tell you all about it!
What does OATS stand for?
OATS stands for Open Access to Textbooks for Students. We’re excited about the name because we’re the Mustangs and Mustangs eat oats.
That’s great, but what does OATS actually mean?
Good question. It means that Kennedy Library has added over 150 new textbooks, workbooks and study guides to Room 111, near the Research Help Desk. We decided to provide these books based on the high demand we have for our course reserves.