The International Business Club (IBC) and the UW Oshkosh College of Business (COB) partnered to donate books to Better World Books and in just over three weeks, were able to collect 51 boxes of used books, manuals and other media to donate.

Founded in 2002, Better World Books collects and sells books to fund literacy initiatives and programs across the globe. According to their website, “With more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, we’re a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.”

Donation bins were setup in Clow from May 16 through June 8 and faculty and staff from the COB, as well as other departments primarily located in Clow, donated used textbooks, workbooks and study guides. IBC advisor, Professor B.S. Sridhar, directed the effort and coordinated the sorting of the books. Students from IBC, professor Sridhar’s son and a work-study student assisted in sorting the 51 bins. Better World Books pays for all shipping and recycling costs associated with book donations. Sridhar said, “Of these, 456 books were deemed resalable. The rest will be donated to people in need or recycled.”

The idea to participate in the Better World Books came from Alex Brehmer, president of IBC in fall of 2008. The first drive resulted in 22 boxes of books.

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