Case studies on course material affordability programs at North American University Libraries

Sponsored by Springer Nature
Recorded on 11/20/2018

Posted in Open Access and Open Educational Resources


Register for the next ACRL/CHOICE webinar sponsored by Springer Nature, where you’ll learn about course material affordability initiatives at two large U.S. Universities. Hear how academic libraries provide students with access to required content. Discover how librarians and faculty members interact to assess and provide relevant course materials. From initial requests, acquisition considerations, to licensing, you’ll observe differing approaches to the implementation of course materials in the University classroom.

Do you work closely with faculty when considering the cost and availability of course learning materials for students? Are you involved in the acquisition process? Do you have an interest in the development of your course content requests process? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, then this is the webinar for you – from academic liaison to collections development specialist, this webinar covers a number of useful topics for all in the library community.

Join Cheryl Cuillier, Open Education Librarian at University of Arizona, and Elizabeth Siler, Collection Development Librarian at UNC Charlotte, as they present and discuss their own approaches to course material programs at their respective institutions. After this, you’ll hear from Joerg Sixt, Head of Product Technologies (Major Reference Works), and former Mathematics Editor at Springer Nature, about the textbook program, including some interesting – and sometimes surprising – findings on popular textbooks. Joerg will observe how students interact with textbooks before providing a brief insight into the commissioning process, concluding with information on which textbooks are the most used globally – and in the US – and why this might be.


Elizabeth Siler
Collection Development Librarian
UNC Charlotte, Atkins Library, USA

Liz Siler is currently the Collection Development Librarian at UNC Charlotte, managing the budget for both print and electronic acquisition as well as facilitating acquisitions decisions across the collection. Liz has taken a strong interest in textbook affordability on campus and spearheaded the creation of the E-Textbook Database to encourage faculty to use library ebooks as required course materials. She also served as the team lead of the Course Research Team for the Charlotte Initiative : Permanent Acquisition of ebooks by Academic Libraries, where a team of librarians and publishers discussed issues surrounding the use of library purchased ebooks as course materials.

Cheryl Cuillier
Open Education Librarian
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

Cheryl Cuillier coordinates course material programs for the UA Libraries. She helps faculty find and use open educational resources (OER), library-licensed ebooks, and streaming video in courses. As a faculty senator, Cheryl has worked to expand textbook affordability policies in the faculty handbook. Cheryl has led OER initiatives at the UA since 2015. Nationally, she serves on the Open Textbook Network Steering Committee and is one of the instructors for the OTN’s Certificate in OER Librarianship.

Joerg Sixt
Head of Product Technologies, Major Reference Works
Springer Nature, London, UK

Joerg Sixt is Head of Product Technologies and works on textbooks and reference works from various angles: editorial, technology, workflows, marketing and sales. He has previously worked as a commissioning editor for Springer’s prestigious mathematics textbook programme and he was software engineer for SAP.