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Loyola chooses new bookstore provider

Loyola press release - April 27, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans has selected Follett Higher Education Group to manage bookstore operations beginning in May 2009. Follett operates more than 830 bookstores in the United States and holds accounts with 17 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

Loyola issued a request for proposals in February 2009, and candidates were reviewed by a committee composed of students, faculty, members of the Administrative Senate and representatives from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Follett was chosen for its proposal to create a strong brand for the Loyola Bookstore and for its commitment to social justice and ethical vendor policies. Follett is a member of the Fair Labor Association, employs a vice president to monitor compliance and hires Ernst & Young to independently audit and inspect manufacturing plants. In addition, Follett maintains a commitment to the environment and sustainable practices with energy, shipping cartons, flooring, lighting, construction materials, course textbook recycling and the Green Textbook Initiative.

The company plans to renovate the current bookstore in the Danna Student Center and establish a satellite store near Flambeaux’s. This summer, Follet will reveal the concept for the redesign which will incorporate more technology. The bookstore will offer fashion-forward and seasonal clothing lines and specialty items, provide space for author readings and small group meetings and promote fair-trade and sustainable/green products and use of local merchants and wholesalers, where applicable.

“Follett is very proud to be selected to operate the Loyola University New Orleans Bookstore,” said Follett Higher Education Group President Thomas C. Christopher. “We will use all of our resources to provide the campus community with a bookstore in which everyone can take great pride. Follett is privileged to have had strong partnerships throughout the Jesuit community and we are extremely fortunate to join in the great tradition at Loyola University of New Orleans.”

The feeling is mutual among Loyola committee members.

“Follett understands the relationship between bookstore staff and faculty as one of cooperation and partnership in service of Loyola’s students,” said John Sebastian, professor of English. “Through their seamless and hassle-free book adoption process, the Follett team is committed not just to meeting faculty needs but to surpassing our expectations.”

Student committee member Chad Carson of Loyola University Community Action Program is encouraged by the new partnership.

“Follett was the clear leader among bookstore vendors in ensuring that items emblazoned with the Loyola University name were produced under fair labor conditions,” said Carson. “The products our bookstore will sell will be a literal extension of our university’s commitment to social justice.”

The company also has committed to interview current bookstore employees for future positions, however, Loyola is losing one familiar face. Carol Knight, a longtime bookstore employee, has accepted a position with the current bookstore provider to manage the Vanguard University Bookstore in Costa Mesa, Calif., and will relocate in a few weeks.

For more information on the bookstore transition, contact Christopher Cameron, director of Co-curricular Programs in the Office of Student Affairs at ccameron@loyno.edu or 504-865-3622. For information on the bookstore contract, visit http://www.loyno.edu/cocurricular/facilities/bookstore.html.

Important bookstore information:

Textbook Adoptions

Textbook adoptions will continue to be collected for summer and fall 2009 sessions by Ivon Fascio. Summer and fall adoptions should be completed no later than Friday, May 1, to ensure texts are on the shelves in a timely fashion.

Transition Date Closing

The bookstore will be closed Monday, May 11, through Friday, May 15, to facilitate the ownership transition.

Buy Back/Exam Supplies

Students will be able to sell their textbooks back to Follett in the retail space adjacent to Flambeaux’s in the Danna Student Center beginning Monday, May 4. Exam supplies (blue books, scan cards, etc.) will be available in the bookstore until May 8.

Buy-Back Hours

Monday, May 4 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 7 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 8 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 9 CLOSED

Sunday, May 10 CLOSED

Monday, May 11-16 CLOSED

Buy-Back Pricing
Follett will generally pay 50 percent of the selling price for books in good condition (binding intact, no excessive highlighting) that have been readopted by faculty for use the next term. The bookstore will only pay this percentage for the quantity of books which can be resold. When that quantity is reached based on class enrollment for the following term, Follett will pay the wholesale price for the book.

Follett will pay wholesale prices for textbooks that are not readopted by faculty for the next term. These prices will be based on national demand for the textbooks, but some texts may be determined to have no value if a publisher creates a new edition of the book, and the bookstore and wholesale company are unable to use it. However, the bookstore will continue to buy back old editions if the faculty requires use of that particular edition.