Textbook Adoption Information for LHU Faculty


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I have a student who cannot afford to purchase textbooks?

Refer the student to Kenny Hall, Ulmer 135; khall@lockhaven.edu; 570-484-2598.

What is an ISBN and why must I submit this information?

An ISBN is essentially a product identifier used by publishers, booksellers, libraries, internet retailers and other supply chain participants for ordering, listing, sales records and stock control purposes. The ISBN identifies the specific title, edition and format.

How do I obtain the ISBN for the book(s) I require?

Reach out to the publisher of the textbook/courseware to ensure you have the most up-to-date ISBN.

Are students required to purchase books through the online bookstore?

No, they are not.  They can purchase the books wherever they would like.

What if my book is part of the First Day Access program and a student prefers a printed copy of the book?

Most publishers offer students a low cost, black and white printed copy of the textbook if they have opted-in to First Day Access.  Contact your publisher representative for details.  If this option is not available for your textbook, the student may opt out of First Day Access and purchased a print copy of the book elsewhere.

Will we be able to use course packs? 

Yes, we will continue use LHU Duplicating Services.  Course packets may be sold by the University Store.  When doing your book adoptions in Course Director, please be sure to add a "non-title adoption" indicating that a course pack will also be available.

Can we still use the book we want to use?

Yes, absolutely.  You have access to more than 500,000 textbook titles spanning 2,700 academic subjects.

Can I get a desk copy?

You must contact your usual publisher rep to request a desk copy.  If you are unsure who your rep is, please see the Publisher Directory in the links above for publisher contact information as well as their usual desk copy request policy.
What about non-book supplies? The LHU University Store will be able to order these for you.  Please email your requests to Tanya Harpster at tlh106@lockhaven.edu.
Am I able to edit more than one course section at a time?
Unfortunately, each section must be updated individually. Each course section is treated as an individual course.
Can I add more than one format of a book? You will select just one format. However, if there is an exact book match in another format, they will be displayed to the student as alternative formats.
Can I make changes after I click the "approve" button? Yes.  If the course still shows as approved, you can click "unapprove" and make edits.  If the course has already been submitted to MBS, you will need to send your requested changes to Jan Bottorf at jbottorf@lockhaven.edu
Can I add a note for students to see?
(e.g. Student may select either the 4th or 5th edition of the book)
Yes!  Click on the "messaging" tab at the bottom of the course adoption screen and select "Add a Virtual Bookstore Message."  This will add the note directly under the item you just adopted.  Or, you can also click "Create a Student Message" on the course in general to have the note be placed at the top of the page above any book adoptions (be sure to choose Student Message rather than Internal Note so that students can see it).
Why does nothing happen when I click on "Course Director" in the "Quick Links" box? Course Director opens in a new window or tab.  You likely have the pop up blocker turned on for the internet browser you are using. Click on the name of the browser you are using for instructions on how to turn off the pop up blocker: Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
What if a title I want is unavailable? You will receive a message in red text that states, "An ISBN search for, xxxxx, did not return a title.  If you would like to submit a title to MBS Direct for review, click here."  You will simply need to click on the link in Course Director to submit the request.  It is likely that you are receiving this message because the book title has not previously been requested by an MBS client.  They add new titles as requests come in.  MBS is the largest online book provider. If it is available, they should be able to get it.
What if I do not require a textbook? Do I still need to add something?
Yes!  You will need to add a "non-title adoption," select the option that says No Textbook Required, and then be sure to click Approve.  Refer to "Section III. Non-Title Adoptions" in the Textbook Adoption Instructions above.
How will I know if I completed the process? If you have selected your textbooks (or indicated No Textbook Required) and clicked on the "approve" button, you have completed the process.
I see items under a "supplements" tab. What are those? These are items that may be of interest to you, based on what other schools have ordered. These are items that only you will see.  Students will not see these items, unless you choose to add them to your adoptions. If you are not interested in these items, just ignore.
 How will shipping work? Students will have multiple shipping options at the time of purchase,  including free shipping options during promotional periods. Students can opt to have their books shipped to LHU or have the items shipped to a private address. To take advantage of free shipping options, students must purchase their books weeks in advance of the start of the semester. Shipping details will be listed on the online bookstore website.
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