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Reading EKScursions

October 10th, 2006 by jimm wetherbee in Reading EKScursions

Reading is not just what one does while cramming for a test. For centuries people have been reading to gain new insights into the world, to deepen their connections with their fellow human beings, to find higher levels of spirituality, to envelop themselves in a time and a place far far from their own mundane existence. Some people read for the sheer pleasure of reading. There is a name for these voracious readers; they are called “bibliophiles.”

If you happen to be one of those blessed creatures, the Ethel K. Smith Library has offered up best sellers of all types from a service called the Baker & Taylor Lease Book Plan. These books—located along the North Wall of the Reference Area near the Reference Office—offer popular works on topics from religion to history to medicine to physics, but most of all they are about fiction: romance, mysteries, thrillers, dramas, fantasies, science fiction, and every creative genre known to readers.

Now there is a twist. Most librarians, as it turns out, also happen to be bibliophiles. So now the librarians are starting to review the Baker & Taylor Books that they read and post these reviews on the Library Website.

So, if you too need to get away from it all for a few hours, check out the Baker & Taylor selections and the book reviews and just click on Reading EKScursions” from the Library Homepage (http://library.wingate.edu). Call numbers to the reviewed books are provided; and if someone else already has the book, a list of alternatives is available at the end of each review.

You may access Reading EKScursions from the Library Home Page (http:// library.wingate.edu), the Reading EKScursions Page (http://library.wingate.edu/ekscursions/) or from the Book Review Block of Moodle (http://mygate.wingate.edu/wwwlearn). If you have an RSS reader, you can also subscribe to Reading EKScursions from http://library.wingate.edu/rss/ekscursions.xml.


Baker & Taylor Lease Plan

November 11th, 2004 by Richard Pipes in Collection Development

Please Note:  The Library’s Baker & Taylor Lease plan was discontinued in 2010.  If you were searching for the Book Store’s book rental program, click here.

In processing this year’s Library Requisition cards, I must have come across requests for at least a dozen books that at one time or another we had in the Lease books collection, but returned. The thought crossed my mind that perhaps an explanation of how the Lease Plan works might be in order.

Baker & Taylor is the largest book distributor in the US, and is our main source for books. B&T also has a Lease Plan option wherein they make books available to libraries to lease for a period of time. The library can then decide if it should keep a particular title or send it back. As one can imagine, the Lease option is very popular with public libraries which would want multiple titles of bestsellers but only want to keep one copy permanently. For an academic library like the EKS, leasing gives a way to provide popular reading materials with a minimum of investment in scarce funds and space. After paying a basic subscription fee, the library gets to keep one book for each five books returned. B&T also has a sale once or twice a year when titles already held under the Lease Plan may be purchased for as little as $1.75 or $2.00.

Here at the EKS, the entire staff is involved in selecting the materials we get through the Lease Plan. There are thousands of titles available. While it doesn’t include scholarly titles, almost anything available as a “mass market” or popular title is. One way to visualize the distinction of “mass market” is to picture the type of book you would find at a Barnes & Noble or Walden Books
store, or online at Amazon.com. The Lease Plan does not include titles from academic or university presses, unless they are ones expected to sell many copies. Many recent titles in history, popular science, politics, social issues, general religion, and especially current fiction are included.


New Baker & Taylor Arrivals

September 10th, 2004 by Richard Pipes in Collection Development

Please Note:  The Library’s Baker & Taylor Lease plan was discontinued in 2010.  If you were searching for the Book Store’s book rental program, click here.

A new shipment of lease books is expected to arrive shortly after the start of the semester. Come by and check out the latest bestsellers in every area—fiction, nonfiction, biography, history, and political tomes of every stripe.


New Baker & Taylor Lease Books

October 27th, 2003 by Richard Pipes in Collection Development

Please Note:  The Library’s Baker & Taylor Lease plan was discontinued in 2010.  If you were searching for the Book Store’s book rental program, click here.

The Library has received a new batch of Baker Taylor Lease Books, our bestsellers, new fiction, and non-fiction “popular titles”. These books are now located in the Reference Area against the wall. (Ask a Staff member if you have any trouble locating them.) Come by and find a recent mystery, novel or other book to enjoy.


New Baker & Taylor Arrivals

September 16th, 2002 by Richard Pipes in Collection Development

Please Note:  The Library’s Baker & Taylor Lease plan was discontinued in 2010.  If you were searching for the Book Store’s book rental program, click here.

Now that the semester is underway and syllabi have been written, and heads counted. you may have some time for “fun reading.” The Library has recently received a shipment of our Baker Taylor lease books. This collection Is comprised of best sellers and current fiction and nonfiction, Included in these books are several that deal with the event and effects of September 11, 2001. Feel free to come browse the new titles. Remember you can recommend any title you particularly like or feel would be a good addition to our permanent collection. Contact Richard Pipes. ext. 8091 to make a request.