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Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of North Alabama are both in their second year of Library Textbook Affordability Projects. Presenters will briefly share the structure of the programs at each of their institutions including how we obtained funding, enlisted the support of our campus bookstore and academic departments, identified the most-needed textbooks, set up and maintained the collection, and let students place holds for Reserve textbooks. They will share their successes and their challenges and how developing a robust textbook affordability program can support broader campus Open Education Resource goals. The presenters will facilitate a lively discussion about library-led initiatives to help students afford course textbooks and materials. We will share what worked and what didn’t work at our university libraries. All perspectives and approaches are welcome!

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Textbook Affordability, OER, Library Support


Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication


Originally presented at the Charleston Confrerence 2019 in a combined session with Dr. Linda Colding and Peggy Glatthaar from Florida Gulf Coast University. Each team of presenters had separate slide decks - this is the slide deck only from UNA.

Let's Give them Something to Talk About: Textbook Affordability and OER



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