A number of studies have shown a connection between the cost of textbooks and student success in higher education. While Milner Library has traditionally contributed to student success on many levels, we wished to address particular challenges to student success and equity that have been magnified by COVID. In Fall 2020 a project team of librarians from a variety of departments secured funding for a coordinated effort to license available e-textbooks for Spring 2021 courses. Major goals of this project are to help alleviate textbook costs for students and explore the potential impact of these savings on student success. In this panel, we will describe project planning and progress to date, share some preliminary findings, and emphasize the contributions brought by each librarian’s role and specialized knowledge.
Jallas, Mallory; Murphy, Julie; and Shelley, Anne, "Collaborating to Support Student Success: Exploring Free e-Text Access at Illinois State University" (2021). Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library. 133.