Outline of Session The Coventry University „promises‟ why and what The „textbook promise‟ what we did and how Alternative approaches ? your views on how this could be done differently
Promises 2012 – underlying drivers Recruitment - influence students‟ choice of universitythrough commitment to minimising „hidden extras‟ Student satisfaction - tangible enhancement of thestudent experience Pedagogical - critical to achieving course learning goals Widening participation – equal access to core material
Provision of items ‘core’ to the course Start Up Packs – e.g. protective clothing, Sports Kit, text books or other core learning materials e.g.software, professional subscriptions, art materials etc. printing credits field trips/day visits support grants for placements, overseas experience,or international travel
From the ‘Guidelines ‘2013-14’ Applies to: all undergraduate courses (with exception for NHS) students (home, EU and/or international) who arepaying the higher fees both full time and part time students (with voucheralternative for part-time students) Funded by Faculty (max. £250 per bundle of texts)
From promises to palletsLibrary responsibilities: specifying requirements awarding the contract obtaining the details of texts from academics placing of orders identifying and equipping a distribution space receiving the bundles coordinating the distribution
The logistics: 23,000 text books 3,500 bundles use of central campuslocation designated collectiondays by Faculty two week period (70%collected in Week 1) recorded on studentrecord system
Some lessons learned: when to use a forklift truckor a pallet truck very labour-intensive forUniversity staff student numbers are amoving target there will always bedelays…. allow for them! communicate with students use suitable packaging
Was it worth it?Recruitment, pedagogy, student engagementand satisfaction
Immediate impact on the students? Initial survey at distribution time focused on: the process of collecting the text books attitudes towards being given the text books influence in relation to choosing Coventry University Headlines: 97% positive about collection process 99% positive about being given books 28% positively influenced their choice of University
Interim impact on studentsand the library …… Interim online survey available at beginning of Semester 2 to all Stage 1students who had received textbooks (c. 3,300) 255 responses Headlines 93% had used textbooks so far 69% continued to borrow books from the Library 30% had bought additional texts since enrolling.
Longer term impact AMOSSHE Students First Report (ref. UEL) Library currently designing a study to look at thecorrelation of the textbook promise, library usage andstudent progression and attainment Commissioning of qualitative research study in terms ofstudent engagement with their course and with theUniversity
Implications for the Library High profile project – becoming embedded Senior management perceptions and risks to Libraryfunding Strengthening of relationships with academic staff Impact on Library usage increased visits and occupancy (!) reduction in re-shelving reduction in income from fines (20%)
Pragmatic – and ‘professional’How do we… avoid getting wet in the future assist the University with achieving the same goalsi.e. guaranteed access to „content‟ ? protect the role and values of the LibraryThe alternatives?
Pragmatic and professionalTextbook models: e-text books as an alternative to print customised publications directed buying via voucher / credit schemesLibrary models:• use of patron driven acquisitions• enhanced licensing for e-book collectionsOthers: bursaries; cash schemes (!)
A note on e-books 69% of respondents had used Library e-books so far, highestuser is HLS with 76%, EC 66%, BES 71%, CSAD 50% When asked for a preference for print or e-books for2013-14, 86% wanted printed texts EC keenest on “e” with 30% favouring e-books, BES and HLSroughly the same (10% keen) A & D 13% N.B. Evidence from „e-text book projects‟ more positive ....
Questions? Experiences from your own institutions? What would you consider to be viable alternatives? How can we measure value for money? How can we influence institutional decisions /directionsin this area?