AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Better World Books
Project type(s) Community Service
Date completed 02/2007
Chapter Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center SOM
Project Coordinator Sophia Tcheung
Summary of project On the Texas Tech undergrad campus, the Golden Key organization had started working with Better World Books to collect books for one of their partner organizations, Room to Read. The books that are collected are either donated or sold where the profits go to schools in developing countries. I contacted the undergrad campus to see if I could expand where we had the collection boxes so we could get a larger number of books donated (the undergrad org had boxes set up around campus buildings). I got involved with this project at the end of the semester, when students typically sell back their books. I also talked to bookstores to ask if they could donate their books that they won't be using and can't sell back themselves. Better World Books helps a lot with this project - they provide boxes and instructions to help you get going. Three out of the four bookstores close to campus did not allow us to have collection boxes in their stores. I am hoping to build a stronger relationship with the bookstores around campus so in future years, they will allow us to put collection boxes up. Many more books are donated when they are right outside of the bookstore where they can drop off their book if they can't be bought back. Most of the work with this project was with contacting school authorities to make sure we could set up boxes in designated locations and also contacting bookstore owners. I think once the logistics of this project are set up (contacting the appropriate people), this project will be a lot easier to do in the future.

Content area Global Opportunities
Number of participants 3
Participant hours involved 20 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 0
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Project advertising Email and word of mouth. The collection boxes (which are fairly large) placed in strategic location around campus helped with advertising.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions Although we did get donations from one bookstore and was able to set up a box in another one, I thought the bookstore owners were a bit hard to work with. I had letters from Better World Books explaining what the books were going towards, and the bookstor

Comments Contact bookstores to get more books donated from students who can't sell back their books and also from the bookstore itself