portal: Libraries & the Academy
As academic librarians become aware of the challenges expensive textbooks pose to student success, they increasingly collaborate to provide zero-cost access to required course materials. Librarians at Illinois State University initiated a program to license e-books assigned in courses, surveying students and faculty in participating courses regarding their perspectives on textbook affordability and their experiences with the provided e-books. Student participants reported overwhelmingly positive responses and identified several ways in which the e-books enhanced their experience in the course. The findings suggest that providing assigned materials as e-books contributes to students’ engagement as learners and their academic success within courses.
Murphy, Julie A.; Scott, Rachel E.; Shelley, Anne; Jallas, Mallory; and Park, Rachel, "Supporting an Inclusive and Equitable Classroom: Student Perspectives on a Textbook Affordability Initiative" (2024). Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library. 174.