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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

Director of Open Education, SPARC
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education at SPARC, a global coalition working to make open the default in research and education. A decade and a half ago, Nicole was an undergraduate student frustrated with the cost of textbooks. Today, she is an internationally recognized policy... Read More →
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Charles Lyons

Director, Butler Library, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Charles Lyons is Library Director at Buffalo State College. Previously he served as Associate University Librarian for Discovery & Delivery at the University at Buffalo, worked in the corporate library at Lehman Brothers, and in the Science and Engineering Libraries at the University... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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