Faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have until Thursday, April 1, to order reading materials for their fall courses. To speed the process, the UT Bookstore has added a new feature on their Web site called Online Faculty Adoption. Faculty and department coordinators can submit book requests electronically, saving time and paper. The bookstore will continue to accept book requests via hand delivery, campus mail and fax, but encourages faculty to use the online method by visiting http://web.utk.edu/~bkstore/?p=adoption and following the instructions.
In 2007, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law designed to control textbook costs at Tennessee public higher education institutions. The book order deadlines of April 1 for fall semester and October 31 for spring semester need to be observed by all faculty members to meet legislative requirements.
When publishers provide free examination copies of a textbook, state law says that one copy be placed on library reserve or in a place of easy student access. UT Knoxville faculty are encouraged to donate extra examination copies to the Black Cultural Center’s Book Loan Program, which helps meet the needs of students who struggle with the cost of textbook purchases.
For more information on donating books, contact Tanisha Jenkins, associate director of Minority Student Affairs, at 974-6861 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make alternative arrangements.