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Posted by Liz Schulte on Aug 10, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Direct Network helps you stay ahead of the curve by providing:

  • Course materials insight: OER, rush, adoptions, buybacks and online bookstores
  • Cost saving strategies for schools and students
  • The latest industry and educational technology news
  • Stories about how other schools adapt to the ever-changing educational landscape
  • How to maximize MBS Direct’s services and tools

Here are some posts you might have missed.

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3 Big Reasons Faculty Want an Online Bookstore

Posted by Lori Reese on Aug 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Let’s say you’re interested in transitioning to an online bookstore. You’re aware that online bookstores offer schools an opportunity to align course materials delivery with 21st century retail expectations.

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University of Jamestown Bookstore Goes Online, Simplifies Fulfillment

Posted by Dean Asher on Jul 24, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As a private four-year liberal arts school in North Dakota, the University of Jamestown has long sought to provide students with a quality education. The college's approximately 1,000 full and part-time undergrad students attend classes in degrees ranging from education and accounting to engineering and biochemistry. Many go on to acquire their Education, Leadership, Clinical Counseling master's and Physical Therapy doctorates at the school's nearby Fargo campus. But the Jimmie Connection, University of Jamestown's retail store, knows what it's like to face stiff online competition.

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Demonstrate Digital Fluency With Your Website

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

It hardly seems possible to get through an hour without using technology, let alone a day. We track our health with wearable wristbands, our smartphones are basically pocket-sized laptops capable of doing and finding what we need within seconds, and the majority of our communication channels have turned digital. Students can no longer remember the world before the technology revolution. Digital fluency isn’t optional for schools; it’s a must.

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Second Baptist School: 21st Century Education With a Christian Perspective

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 26, 2017 5:30:00 AM

At Second Baptist School, teachers strive to “educate, not indoctrinate,” according to Head of School Dr. Jeff D. Williams. The Houston-based coed Christian PK–12 trains students to “pursue their individual callings and excel to the best of their abilities.”

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Build Loyalty by Offering Students Options

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jun 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Price comparison is a regular part of consumers’ lives. Students and families may start their search for course materials in your online bookstore, but the temptation to go outside of the school to make their purchase is ever-present.  This can lead to numerous problems: students receiving the wrong materials, deliveries being delayed until weeks after classes have started and identity theft from untrustworthy sites. Offering price comparisons in your online bookstore not only keeps customers from leaving, it saves them time and money.

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Archbishop Hannan High School: A Lesson in Resilience

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 12, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Archbishop Hannan High School discovered the merits of an online bookstore in the wake of tragedy. Hurricane Katrina struck the Louisiana-based coed Catholic school August 29, 2005, at the start of a school year boasting a record enrollment of 550 students. The hurricane devastated St. Bernard Parish, where it was based and forced a number of Archbishop Hannan’s families from their homes.

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MBS Direct Expert Q&A: Bill Dampier on Benefits of Scale

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 30, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Anyone can ship a book. MBS Direct, however, does far more than simply shipping books from one point to another. They provide customers with economy of scale, personalized service and 25 years of industry experience. We sat down with Bill Dampier, executive vice president MBS Textbook Exchange LLC to discuss the benefits MBS Direct provides to its customers.

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Greenhills School Gives All Students Individual Attention

Posted by Lori Reese on May 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As Controller Liz Barber puts it, Greenhills School is a place where “no kid falls through the cracks.”

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The Northwest School Takes a Fresh Approach to Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on May 8, 2017 5:30:00 AM

The Northwest School in Seattle, Washington, believes real learning happens outside of one’s comfort zone. Their unique and creative approach to education not only engages students, but prepares them for the rest of their lives by encouraging independent thought, analysis and sharing of ideas. Focusing on academics and arts, the faculty encourage students to take a fresh approach to problem-solving.

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