Textbooks, Libraries & Students: An Evolving Partnership
A recent Government Accountability Office study stated that close to 40% of college students decide against buying textbooks. Rising textbook and tuition costs have created an economic crisis for students that has dramatic consequences for their success and ultimate retention and graduation rates. As a result, libraries and faculty are investigating how to incorporate library resources and open educational resources (OER) into required course materials.
A new San Jose State University (SJSU) initiative known as “Affordable Learning $olutions” works to provide class resources for students by utilizing library owned electronic resources. This session will explain how the SJSU Library partnered with various entities, such as the campus bookstore and vendors, to use online resources readily available through the library catalog and website. We will describe the impetus behind the initiative, the activities that made it happen in spring 2012, and how we plan to sustain and expand the program. Specifically, we will discuss the library-developed web pages that educated the university community about the initiative, targeted faculty workshops and incentives, the creation of the popular “Textbooks Available as eBooks in the Library” list, and the usage statistics results from the first semester of the initiative.
Collection Development Coordinator, San Jose State University
Susan Kendall is the Collection Development Coordinator at San José State University Library, a merged library with the San José City public library. Besides collection development responsibilities, Sue is the coordinator for government publications and liaison to the College of Education. Research interests include use of electronic government publication, patron driven acquisitions, and affordable learning solutions for students. Sue has been at San... Read More →
Associate Dean, San Jose State University
Mary Nino, has worked at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, at San Jose State University, a joint library with the San Jose Public Library in Silicon Valley since with 2002. Mary has been an academic, public, and school librarian and formerly worked in secondary education settings as an English teacher. Her research interests include instruction, technology and the user experience, young adult literature and readers advisory, and audiobooks.
Head of Technical Services, San Jose State University
Rae Ann Stahl has managed the Technical Services department at San Jose State University since 2004, and served in a variety of other positions at SJSU since 1987. Library and research interests include workflow efficiencies in Technical Services departments, professional development and training, and implementing new initiatives such as affordable learning solutions for students and patron driven e-book programs. Rae Ann also co-directs the Indonesian gamelan group, Pusaka Sunda.
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