How Academic Librarians Are Working with Faculty to Source Affordable Textbooks for Students

Sponsored by Taylor & Francis
Recorded on 07/20/2022

Posted in Open Access and Open Educational Resources

How are academic librarians collaborating with faculty on affordable textbook alternatives?

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University of Central Florida – Lily Dubach and John Raible

CSU Dominguez Hills – Hallie Clawson

Midland University – Laura Hinman

Marshall University – Angie Strait

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In this webinar, we present a new group of case studies that address how academic librarians at four different universities are actively collaborating with faculty on affordable textbook alternatives that greatly reduce costs for their students. Our panelists will demonstrate the importance of relationship-building when advocating for open source resources to assuage faculty’s unease surrounding the transition to digital course materials. They will discuss how curriculum design with Open Educational Resources (OER)—while often more time-consuming—has proven benefits with hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in savings. Above all, they will illustrate how textbook affordability can be a barrier to student success and how student surveys and purchasing behaviors have informed them about the future of textbook adoptions. 

Additional topics will include: 

  • OER usage and instructional design
  • The pandemic’s effect on physical lending and a pivot towards eTextbooks
  • Digital lending licenses and limitations
  • Librarian/faculty relationship challenges and solutions


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    Lily Dubach

    Textbook Affordability LibrarianUniversity of Central Florida

    Lily Dubach is the Textbook Affordability Librarian at the University of Central Florida. She collaborates with teaching faculty, instructional designers, librarians and library staff, and pertinent campus units to promote and transition traditional course content to affordable textbook alternatives such as Open Educational Resources and library-sourced eTextbooks and materials. She tracks these adoptions, calculates savings, and disseminates results. Lily is also the subject librarian for Communication Sciences & Disorders. Her research interests include student outcomes and perceptions related to the usage of library-sourced eTextbooks or Open Educational Resources.

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    John Raible

    Senior Instructional DesignerUniversity of Central Florida

    John Raible is a Senior Instructional Designer at the University of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning. In this role, he works with faculty to transition courses from face-to-face to the blended or online environment. His research areas include accessibility for online learners and the adoption/creation of Open Educational Resources. He has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences; in addition to being published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his instructional designer role, he has taught online and blended courses at both the community college and university level. John holds an Ed.D. in Education with a concentration in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Wyoming.

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    Hallie Clawson

    Reference Instruction & Outreach Librarian and Affordable Learning Solutions CoordinatorCSU Dominguez Hills

    Hallie Clawson is the Reference Instruction & Outreach Librarian and Affordable Learning Solutions Coordinator at CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. She provides reference and research help to students and teaches information literacy skills, in addition to working with faculty to explore Open Educational Resources, ensuring access to textbooks through the library, and promoting affordable course materials. Her background is in French and Classical Studies, and she received her MLIS from the University of Washington Information School in 2018. She previously worked at the UW-Tacoma Library, UW Information School, and as an editor of the 2019 ACRL EDI Discussion Series blog. Her research interests include cataloging comics and graphic novels in libraries.

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    Laura Hinman

    Library DirectorMidland University

    Laura Hinman is the Library Director at Midland University in Fremont, NE. She is originally from a small town in Minnesota and then moved to South Dakota. Hinman has her B.S. in English for New Media from Dakota State University and her MLIS and Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections from the University of Southern Mississippi. She began in public libraries working in several different positions and is now enjoying her time as an Academic Librarian. She enjoys spending time with her two kids, Olivia and Nico, reading, teaching students, and staying caught up on her favorite shows (Stranger Things, anything Marvel, Harry Potter, and Star Wars).

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    Angela Strait

    Collection & Resource Management LibrarianMarshall University

    Angie Strait is the Collection & Resource Management Librarian and member of the faculty at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She is currently the 1st Vice President of the West Virginia Library Association (WVLA), a member of ALA, ACRL, CORE, and serves on several campus committees. Angie received her Master’s Degree in Library & Information Science as well as a post graduate certificate in Advanced Management in Library & Information Agencies from the University of North Texas, Denton.

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