AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title Better World Books
Project type(s) Community Service
Date completed 02/01/2007
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)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost 0
Project funding
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Email and word of mouth. The collection boxes (which are fairly large) placed in strategic location around campus helped with advertising.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
3
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 bookstore owners were still very hesistant about working with us. I think once good relationships with the community are built, it will be easier to do this project in the future. Bookstores are the key to getting a lot of books - people may drop off a book in the biology building, but if students can't sell back their books, they are more than happy to donate them. In the springtime, we will be contacting the bookstore owners again to set up boxes once again, and we will also ask for donations from the bookstores a few weeks after the end of classes. Have patience when calling the bookstore owners because you will have to call back repeatedly. We didn't contact the community colleges in the area the first time, but we would like to contact them and also the other undergrad colleges in the area.

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