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Libraries Leading the Way on the 'Textbook Problem'

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Open textbooks, alternative textbooks, library roles, and libraries actions.

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Libraries Leading the Way on the 'Textbook Problem'

  1. 1. Libraries Leading the Way on the ‘Textbook Problem’ Brendan O’Connell, Will Cross, Greg Raschke North Carolina State University
  2. 2. From Caring to Responding to Leading
  3. 3. Revised View from the Library  Libraries increase learning technologies and curriculum support role  Education, outreach, and expertise  Advocacy – Libraries’ developed expertise; offer consultations  Site on Alternative Models – Aim was to educate, and possibly persuade  White paper on alternative textbooks  Resource for faculty seeking alternatives
  4. 4. Course Books Efforts  Libraries’ policy is to purchase one copy of every required textbook.  % of titles circulating up each semester – word of mouth  Partnership with bookstore  Helped, but not changing the fundamental system.
  5. 5. Starting to Lead  Putting our efforts into market alternatives.  Licensing and hosting introductory Physics text http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/etexts/Physics_Fundamentals/ .  Hosting faculty authored texts and chapters  Print-on-demand with Bookstore/Espresso Machine  New market models with FlatWorld and OpenStax  Changing the market and the model through incentives…
  6. 6. Starting to Lead  Putting our efforts into market alternatives.  Licensing and hosting introductory Physics text http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/etexts/Physics_Fundamentals/ .  Hosting faculty authored texts and chapters  Print-on-demand with Bookstore/Espresso Machine  New market models with FlatWorld and OpenStax  Changing the market and the model through incentives…

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