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Thursday, November 6 • 9:00am - 9:45am
From Course Reserves…to Course Reversed? The Library’s Changing Role in Providing Textbook Content

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Academic libraries have always thought of “content” as their domain on campus. Yet beyond the course reserve desk, libraries have traditionally played a relatively small role on campus for the most common form of content in higher education, textbooks. Today, everything about textbooks and other course content is changing quickly. Spiraling costs have made textbooks a political issue in some states, while at the same time traditional textbook publishers experience economic pressures both from the growth of the used and rental markets and from new technological demands from the professors who assign their online books as well as from the students who use them. Librarians have begun to take notice, reversing course on the traditional library view of textbooks. A number of libraries are looking for more affordable ways for students to access textbooks. Many are leveraging open educational resources (OER) as alternatives to expensive, commercially-published textbooks. Other libraries have themselves become textbook publishers. This changed course has led librarians sometimes into new alliances and sometimes into degrees of conflict with other organizations, such as bookstores, commercial publishers, university presses, and aggregators.

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Nicole Allen

Hi! I'm Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC and part of the Organizing Committee of OpenCon 2016. My day job is leading SPARC's work on Open Education, including advocating for U.S. federal and state policy, supporting on-campus efforts to advance OER through academic libraries, and international advocacy for open education through the Open Government Partnership. I also help out with organizing OpenCon by coordinating the application and review process, and logistics for attendees. I've been working to advance open education since I graduated university about ten years ago (even before), and have a background in grassroots organizing and policy advocacy.

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Charles Lyons

Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery, SUNY University at Buffalo
Charles Lyons is the Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery at the University at Buffalo. Previously, he worked in the corporate library at Lehman Brothers and in the Science and Engineering Libraries at the University of Virginia. He received his MS from Drexel University in 2002.
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Bob Nardini

Vice President, Product Development, Ingram Library Services
Bob Nardini is Vice President, Product Development at Ingram Coutts.  He worked in both public and academic libraries prior to 1985, when he took a job in the academic bookselling industry, where he has been ever since.  In 2007 Nardini joined Coutts and since then has been involved in several areas of the company’s activity, including the development of the OASIS® and ipage® customer sites,  the MyiLibrary®... Read More →

Thursday November 6, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403