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Open Educational Resources, Textbook Affordability, Textbook Adoption, Academic Librarians, Qualitative Data


This presentation investigates library support for textbook affordability initiatives and Open Educational Resources (OER) to consider the relative opportunities and limitations of both approaches. The literature has shown that the cost of textbooks—which has increased far beyond the rate of inflation—can be an obstacle to student success, especially for students from underrepresented groups. By sharing findings from published literature and results from focus groups and interviews conducted with teaching faculty, the speakers highlight both the incentives faculty have to collaborate with librarians to address the increasing costs of assigned materials as well as the challenges they face in adopting an OER or more affordable texts. The findings suggest that no single approach will solve this crisis and that creating viable solutions will require the support and buy-in of a variety of stakeholders.

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This project was funded by a University Research Grant from Illinois State University.


This presentation was given at the NASIG 37th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, June 5-8, 2022.



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