Library Staff Wins UW Tacoma Team of the Year

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Library Textbook Pilot Program team recognized for contributions to campus.

The UW Tacoma Library is delighted to announce that its Access Services Textbook Pilot Program Team was one of two campus teams to win the Team of the Year Award. The award was granted for the high-impact work of the textbook program, which provides free access to course textbooks.Gwen Lewis and Megan Saunders Holding Team of the Year Award

New in 2018, the Team of the Year Award recognizes one to two groups on campus for their outstanding contributions to UW Tacoma.  Specifically, the groups or teams must contribute to the campus community through support of UW Tacoma’s mission, purpose, strategic plan, etc. and nominations will be considered based on the group’s degree of impact.  The team awarded this honor receives a $1,000 professional development scholarship to use on expenses related to advancing the mission and performance of the team.

Here is some information about the team that was shared at the annual staff association picnic on August 16th, 2018:

In recognition of and in direct response to the rising costs and the financial toll on students, the UW Tacoma Library Access Services Textbook Pilot Program Team created and implemented a Textbook Pilot Program. In order to meet student needs and contribute to their academic equity and success, course- assigned textbooks of $75 or more were purchased and made available for students to check out from the UW Tacoma Library.  

Access to textbooks is a cornerstone for equity, student success, and advancement of scholarship, all part of the priorities of UW Tacoma’s Strategic Plan and Mission to “expand access to higher education…where every student has the opportunity to succeed.” Students may decide not to purchase a textbook that they view as too expensive, which, in turn, will negatively influence their ability to succeed in their classes.  The Access Services Textbook Pilot Program Team’s work exemplifies the philosophy and spirit of the UWT Strategic Plan and Mission by helping to “advance student success academically [and] professionally,” and by promoting and modeling “equity, inclusion and social justice."

Many UW Tacoma undergraduate students called this a “great resource,” asked for longer checkout times, or requested that every textbook be made available. One student said “I am so happy that the library does this for students. True life saver!”

Because of the overwhelmingly positive feedback, and the sense that this work of the Access Services Textbook Pilot Program Team meets students at their point of need and helps them succeed, the UW Tacoma Library is excited to continue the pilot as a regular service for students.

More Information about the Textbook Program.


Written by: 
Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, Reference and Instruction Librarian / August 16, 2018
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For more information please contact:

Serin Anderson, Collection and Budget Library / 253-692-4815

Hannah Wilson, Access Services Manager / 253-692-4391

Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, Reference and Instruction Librarian / 253-692-4882