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Thursday, November 6 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Libraries Leading the Way on the ‘Textbook Problem’

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Escalating textbook costs and continually evolving technologies for delivering course content have combined to place the ‘textbook problem’ at a boiling point ripe for systemic change. The long-term evolution of systems for delivering course materials will be shaped by a complex mix of economic, political, pedagogical, and technological factors along with a diverse set of players including faculty, publishers, open educational resource providers, central information technology, and librarians. The immediate problem facing academic libraries of all types is what, if anything, they can or should do about textbooks. While academic libraries do not exert central authority or market power to drive solutions, they do have both physical centrality on campus and important visibility and goodwill in the academy. Further, there are strategies available for librarians to move the needle from problem to affordability, access, and piloting new spaces to incubate change. Attendees will learn that by employing a mix of collections-centric and scholarly communication focused strategies, academic libraries can save students and their families money in the short-term, while empowering faculty to make more pedagogically-rich materials and facilitating long-term, systemic change in the textbook marketplace.

The goals of this session are to:

1) Provide ideas for academic libraries to help with the textbook affordability problem.
2) Give examples of specific strategies and partnerships that libraries are employing to facilitate wider access to high quality textbooks while reducing costs.
3) Discuss the role of the library as a campus leader, educating faculty on new textbook models and investigating and providing incentives to incubate change.

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Marilyn Billings

Head, Office of Scholarly Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Please talk with me about being on the Board of the LPC, the IMLS funded project to develop a curriculum for library publishing services, the UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative, membership in the Open Textbook Network, our digital repository ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst and related... Read More →
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Will Cross

Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, NC State University Libraries
I'm excited about the relationship between copyright, student agency, and open culture. Recently I've been focused on the Library Copyright Institute, the Open Pedagogy Incubator, the Scholarly Communication Notebook, and the Best Practices for Fair Use in Open Education... Read More →
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Brendan O'Connell

Instructional Technology Librarian, Smith College Libraries
I am Instructional Technology Librarian at Smith College Libraries, where I contribute to a variety of emerging projects. I am acutely interested in what academic libraries mean in the liberal arts context. Before this, I was a Library Fellow at North Carolina State University... Read More →
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Charlotte Roh

Scholarly Communications Resident Librarian, UMass Amherst

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403