The Literary Duck accepts course material requests from faculty through our convenient online adoption method.
We send out a packet with reminder dates each quarter to every department for distribution to the faculty, approximately 4 weeks before the due date for course material requests. This packet will include a letter with the dates as well as copies of our simple guide to submitting requests on line. In addition, we send out several notices throughout the preceding quarter listing courses with no books/materials requested for them. It is important to review these notices since there can be many reasons why we do not have specific course material information.
PLEASE NOTE: All course materials adoption requests must be in writing; we cannot accept them over the phone. If you're having trouble with our online adoption system, please feel free to contact Alysen, Gina or Bruce at (541) 346-4331 and we will be happy to help you place your adoption request.
Adding to an Existing Adoption
If you need to add course materials to an existing adoption or if you have specific adoptions questions, please email our Faculty Adoptions Coordinator, Carolyn Janecek, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Literary Duck is not involved in the production of the packets and does not determine the quantity that is printed. In order to help students save the most money, packets sold at the Literary Duck are provided to students at very close to cost. All course packet requests must be done through the Copyright Clearance Office located at Broadway and High Streets. To contact the Copyright Clearance Office, call (541) 346-5370. The Literary Duck receives the finished packets from Campus Copy and sells them with the course books for classes.
If you are planning to use a course packet for your class, it is helpful to indicate this with your adoption request so we can be sure to reserve shelf space for it. Please consider the overall cost of your course packet when submitting your book list.
General deadline info
The Literary Duck offers a Priority Materials Program which involves making photocopies of readings for books that sell out due to over-enrollment or excess demand. Books eligible for this program are ordered on, or prior to, the pre-determined due date for each term (see dates below). This date would also apply to readopted books that have been used during the current academic term.
For all other orders, we need about four weeks before the start of the term to obtain new materials from the publishers and have them available in time for classes. However, it is highly recommended that you place your order with plenty of time in case any issues with out-of-stocks, shorts, or shipping happen to arise.
|Winter 2013||November 9, 2012|
|Spring 2013||February 22, 2013|
|Summer 2013||May 3, 2013|
|Fall 2013||July 26, 2013|
|Spring 2013||November 16, 2012|
|Summer 2013||April 8, 2013|
|Fall 2013||May 31, 2013|
|Spring 2013||November 11, 2012|
Priority Materials Program
Starting Fall term 2012, the Duck Store will revamp the current Guaranteed Reading Materials Program. While it will function in much the same fashion as the GRM Program did, there are several key changes that we think will provide better service to our Faculty, Staff, and Students.
The Priority Materials Program applies to the first two required books used per course. In the event that one of these texts sells out during the first two weeks of courses, the Priority Program allows students who prepay for a Special Ordered copy to receive photocopies of required reading sections. This enables them to stay current with their course readings and assignments.
To be eligible for the program:
- The adoptions must be placed by our new extended Priority Materials Deadline.
- The books must be REQUIRED for the course, and the program is limited to the first 2 books used per course.
- The reading order of at least the first 2 books should be noted by entering the new designations available on our online adoption system:
- Required: 1st
- Required: 2nd
- Custom and Loose-leaf texts automatically qualify.
***This does NOT apply to texts that are late in arriving, print on demand, imported, or otherwise unavailable.
- Extended Deadline: will be set at a date after which we can reasonably say that books will not arrive in time for the start of the term.
We hope to accommodate all faculty and staff with this program, even those that are hired well into the break period.
- Thorough Information for students:
With the designations Required: 1st and Required: 2nd we hope to provide more information to our students on the reading order of their course books.
- More Accessibility:
We find students really appreciate the help of this program, and we want to expand it so it is accessible to a wider range of our students.
We at the Duck Store expect that the changes made will help us better serve our customers by providing students with more information, and by extending the Priority Materials Program deadline to allow more accessibility for faculty and staff. Thank you very much for your patience and assistance while we launch this new program.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Carolyn Janecek at (541)346-9443 or email@example.com .
When ordering custom course materials such as pre-existing books and ancillary items shrink-wrapped together, or print-on-demand, course-specific custom products, please keep in mind that these take extra time to produce. Print-on-demand books can take up to 6 weeks to print.
Custom course books need to be ordered by the faculty member as soon as he/she knows their course book will be custom, as well as identifying it as "custom," complete with all the necessary information (i.e. ISBN's, price, etc.) provided to them by the corresponding publisher rep. By placing custom orders early, we can do our part by ensuring that these custom pieces receive the extra processing time necessary to produce and/or collate them.
Be aware that ordering custom course books precludes us from being able to order used books for your students. Further, unless the course book will be readopted for a future term, the customer/print-on-demands generally do not have national market value (no value at buyback). Please consider the over-all value of these custom products to your students prior to adopting them.
Keeping Prices Low
It is a reality that the price of course materials is skyrocketing. According to a national survey, the #1 factor that affects a student's perception of the course book cost is how extensively the book is used in class.
There are many ways the Campus Duck Store and faculty can work together to lower the overall cost for students. With technology becoming a major factor in academia, publishers are coming up with more ways to market this technology with their course books. Here are a few things we're currently doing at the Campus Duck Store to keep prices low and a few tips for faculty on how to avoid high priced orders.
Click on each bar below for details on how the Duck Store is working to keep prices low.
Providing students an everyday text book discount
We are one of only 25 national large college campus stores to offer our members (UO students, faculty & staff) a 10% discount off the publisher list price of new books and a 32% discount off the publisher list price of used books. This rebate amounts to over $1,000,000 each academic year.
Setting adoptions deadlines
Our adoption deadlines help secure the largest possible inventory of used books for students, saving them valuable dollars each term. When we receive adoption orders by the deadline, this allows us to give our students the highest dollar value during buyback. It also gives us enough time to obtain more used books through our channel of bookstore campuses nationwide.
Thorough research + investigation
Our staff proactively contacts faculty who order bundled texts to discuss alternate ordering options. Bundled books cost students more money than any other type of book order. Only new course books are included in bundles packaged by publishers so we can't offer used books. Furthermore, bundled books are NOT eligible for Buyback. Selling all pieces separately can really save students a great deal! By partnering with our faculty, we can save students the most money possible.
Buyback online tools
Our buyback online tools allow students to look up the current buyback value of their text book, review current value for past purchases made with the Duck Store and sign up for free buyback alerts. Book prices change during the term; a book with low value now may have higher value at a later date if it is used here or on a different university campus. This service is a great way to stay up to date on the current price of your book!
Help provide students with used text books
While access to online study aids, interactive websites and ancillary CD-Roms may add value to the overall learning experience for a student, they also add dollars to the original text. Bundling books creates a need for new textbooks so the Campus Duck Store is unable to offer used books in order to save students money.
Evaluate text book need
If you plan on only using a few chapters or only pieces of a course book, consider the benefits of using packets or Blackboard as an alternative to the entire text. This will save money and lower the overall cost for students.
Use your text book for 3 years or more
By lengthening the span of time you use a specific course book edition, you increase the percentage of used books we can purchase. The more used books we can supply for students, more students will benefit from the savings! It will also increase the value of that particular text in the Buyback market from students at the end of each term.
Why do you ask for course book requests so far in advance?
The procedure for course book ordering is one requiring literally hundreds of hours of data entry, research, follow-up, and physical processing. As well, there are a variety of things that can happen to cause problems with getting the course books here to the store. The sooner the request is submitted, the better chance we have to rectify any problems that arise before classes begin.
Another important reason relates to buyback. We set the order deadlines to allow us enough time to process book orders and determine what we will need to buy back for the upcoming term. This allows us to have used books right away, and students have a chance to get some of their money back at the end of the term.
Why was my book ordered so much later than when I originally submitted it?
The order process takes a great deal of time. There are many, many steps to go through before a book is actually ordered from a publisher. It would be terribly inefficient, both time-wise and financially, to place separate orders for each faculty order as they are submitted. We batch the orders and circulate the batches through the used book market, separating out the titles for which we know no used books will be available. This process takes at least a week or two for each batch since we rework the lists multiple time to aggressively try for used copies. Once the used book markets have been exhausted, we then order from the publishers/distributors. These orders are placed both electronically and by phone. This is also when any problems typically arise requiring anywhere from several minutes to several weeks of research and follow-up to try and resolve them. Publishers buy, sell and change titles, go out of business, change location, and merge with one another all the time, and sometimes it is quite difficult to find the answers we need to expedite an order. The other issue that creates a "window" between the submission of a faculty request and the actual placement of the order is that we try to get as many copies of a title as we can from buyback. This is very important to the students we serve and we try to recycle books back into the store as often as possible. When we don't get as many back as we hoped, we must then order the quantities we are short to fill the enrollment.
TIP: To help speed up the process, you may submit requests a little at a time if you are unsure of all the books you wish to use for your course by the deadline.
How do I place my online adoption?
You can place your book adoptions conveniently online with The Duck Store.
- Navigate to the Online Course Material resources section of our website. You can access this by using the Shop > Literary Duck drop down option from the top navigation or by visiting literaryduck.uoduckstore.com .
- Go to the Faculty Resources tab and click on the Adopt Course Materials link in the left hand navigation.
- Select the type of books you'd like to adopt and follow the Helpful Hints to place your adoption.
How do I find out if my books are in stock at the Campus Duck Store?
To find out if your books are in stock at the Campus Duck Store, please call our Information Kiosk (541) 346-4331 and speak with a Literary Duck staff member, who can tell you if the books are in stock.
What do I do if I want to use a course packet?
Course packets are produced in joint effort by the copyright clearance office and Campus Copy. The material to be reproduced must first be cleared by Copyright Clearance. They create the master copy that is used for reproduction at Campus Copy. Campus Copy then delivers the packets to us to sell. We are not responsible for quality, format or quantity of the packets. When packets sell out, we place individual orders for students (called "rainchecks") to Campus Copy, and they print for us what is needed on a daily basis. If you know your enrollment is going to be much larger than the print run, you should notify the Copyright Clearance office. Also, it is helpful if you let the Literary Duck know if you plan to use a course packet so we can be sure to reserve shelf space for it.
Should I let the Literary Duck know if my estimated enrollment changes?
Yes! While we can monitor enrollments using information available on Duck Hunt, it is important that we be notified about enrollment increases as soon as possible so that we may order accordingly.
Should I let the Literary Duck know if I change my mind about requiring a book?
Yes! Sometimes we are able to cancel book orders if we know if will not be needed after all. And, we pull the cancelled books from the shelf so students do not end up buying them unnecessarily and have to hassle with a return. It also helps us determine sales history when making buying decisions for future courses. If we know a book has been cancelled, it will explain why it did not sell!
How do I get desk copies and/or teaching aids?
The only way to obtain desk copies and/or teaching aids is through a publisher representative or the publisher directly. Please refer to the list of Area Publisher Representatives , or the Faculty Center Network for detailed contact information. Most publishers' websites contain information about ordering instructor materials.
How can I find out what books other schools are using?
The Faculty Center Network is an excellent tool for finding out what schools are using which texts. FCN categorizes by subject and type of school.
If I know course books I'm using a year in advance, can I place my book requests now?
Absolutely! We accept book requests as far in advance as you are realistically able to order. For example, we currently have many faculty that teach the same class each term, using the same books, so they submit a "standing" request for the whole year. This would also work for continuation classes, or even classes that are taught once a year but consistently use the same material.
With a year-long continuation class, do I need a new request each term?
Yes, because all continuation classes do not necessarily use the exact same material each term. Also, instructors change and need to be updated. Please see the Q & A above for more information about "standing requests."
The Graduation Staff at the Campus Duck Store is here to help you with your regalia & graduation needs. Each year, there are three major ceremonies scheduled: Spring Commencement, Summer Commencement & Convocation.
PLEASE NOTE: Rental regalia includes standard black gown and the appropriate hood for your Alma Mater. To guarantee exact hood colors, place your order a minimum of SIX WEEKS before the ceremony. After that time it may be necessary to substitute a hood with the closest available colors or Oregon colors. Official school regalia is not available via the online order form. If you would like to purchase official school regalia, please contact Stacy Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are paying for your own regalia you will need to pick it up and pay for it at the Duck Store unless you arrange prior payment with Stacy Miller (email@example.com). Return your regalia to the Duck Store as soon as possible.
Get Fine Quality Regalia PDFs for Master's + Doctorate + Official Oregon order forms
Now you can afford to own it. You've worked hard to get where you are today. Take pride in your academic achievement by owning the Jostens Master line of premium-quailty regalia. It's convenient, distinguished and now more affordable than ever!
- Now only $305.95
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- Custom-tailored Master black gown
- Beautifully detailed Master hood
- Black deluxe cap with black or degree-colored tassel
Order your Masters premium-quality regalia by downloading our order form online, calling Jostens at (800) 854-7464 or contact Stacy Miller to set up an appointment for a fitting at the Duck Store.. Turn in your Order Form to Stacy Miller at the Campus Duck Store.
You earned it. You deserve it. And now it's time to own it. Take pride in your academic rank by owning the Jostens Sussex line of premium-quality regalia. Precisely tailored to match your standing and fit, the comfort and lush appearance of Jostens Sussex Regalia are unmatched.
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- The convenience and confidence of owning your own regalia are priceless
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The Sussex promotion includes everything you need to complete your ensemble:
- Custom-tailored Sussex Doctor gown
- Beautifully detailed Doctor hood
- Regular velvet tam with gold silky tassel
- Piping, velvet panels and chevrons also included
Order your Sussex premium-quality regalia by downloading our order form online, calling Jostens at (800) 854-7464 or contact Stacy Miller to set up an appointment for a fitting at the Duck Store.
Official Oregon package
You earned it. You deserve it. And now it's time to own it. Take pride in your academic rank by owning the Jostens Oregon Collegiate Academic line of premium-quality regalia. Precisely tailored to match your standing and fit, the comfort and lush appearance of Jostens Collegiate Academic Regalia are unmatched.
- Now only $801.85
- The convenience and confidence of owning your own regalia are priceless
- Unmatched comfort and lush appearance
- Custom-tailored Oregon green gown with dark green fidelio velvet front panels and chevrons, the Oregon seal embroidered on both lapels and gold metallic accent piping (this wording probably needs improvement but these are the key elements)
- Dark green fidelio velvet six sided tam with Dr's silky gold tassel
- Ph.D. hood with dark green fidelio velvet outside and lemon and emerald satin on the inside
Order your Oregon Collegiate Academic package today by downloading our order form online or contact Stacy Miller to set up an appointment for a fitting at the Duck Store.
Dates + Deadlines
|2013 Important Dates|
|February 21 & 22||In-Store Fine Quality Regalia Ordering Event @ Campus Duck Store, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.|
|June 17, 2013||Spring Commencement|
|August 17, 2013||Summer Commencement|
Resources & Info
Publisher Rep Info
Find your rep
Desk + Exam copies
- Pearson Education Sale Rep
- Cengage Learning
- McGraw Hill Higher Education
- John Wiley & Sons
- W.W Norton
- Penguin Group USA
- Oxford University Press
- Sage Publications
- Cambridge University Press (search Title/Author/ISBN/Keyword to request desk copy)
- Kendall Hunt (rep: Maria Bermudez )
- Beford, Freeman and Worth Publishers
Duck Store Contacts
|Literary Duck Contacts|
|Team Leader||Bruce Lundyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(541) 346-9436|
|Text Buyer||Gina Eckrichemail@example.com||(541) 346-9441|
|Course Materials Order Coordinator||Alysen Kaserfirstname.lastname@example.org||(541) 346-9439|
|Faculty Adoption Coordinator||Carolyn Janecekemail@example.com||(541) 346-9443|
| General Book Buyer
For instructors wishing to recommend reads to your students but not adopt, contact our general book buyer.
|Shelley Regimbalfirstname.lastname@example.org||(541) 346-9440|
|Creative Duck Contacts|
|Art Supply Buyer||Laura Clemensemail@example.com||(541) 346-9427|
|School & Office Supply Buyer||Patty Osbornefirstname.lastname@example.org||(541) 346-9425|
|Digital Duck Contacts|
|Digital Duck Technology Liaison||Curtis Smithemail@example.com||(541) 346-9449|
What is the Awards Program and how did it start?
Since 1920, the Duck Store has been owned collectively by the students, faculty and classified staff of the University of Oregon. That's right! We aren't owned by the University; YOU are an owner of the Duck Store. We're here to work for you.
In 2003, the Duck Store Board of Directors, comprised of eight students, two faculty and one classified staff member, made the decision to award 25 students their required course books or art/architecture supplies for free (up to $400).
How does the Awards Program work?
During the first few days of each term, the Duck Store selects 25 students at random times and at randomly selected cash registers. There is a flurry of noise and celebration when each award winner is selected.
Once selected, the person is asked to provide a current class list so we can pay for required course books, or syllabus with a list of required art/architecture supplies. If the person has already purchased some of his/her required books or supplies the Duck Store will reimburse them.
The Board wants all students to know the Duck Store realizes going to school in general and buying couse books in particular is expensive. While only twenty-five students will receive these awards, the Board wants students to know their Duck Store is working hard to keep prices as low as possible.
The Duck Store tries to get as many used books as possible and is one of but a few college bookstores that discounts its prices from the publisher's list price. Last year, the book discount amounted to over $1,000,000 in savings to students.