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Conference Proceeding

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Charleston Conference Proceedings, 2022

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title persistence, academic libraries, textbook affordability, assigned course texts, student success, higher education


Many academic libraries’ collection development policies have discouraged the acquisition of assigned textbooks, but recent trends to support textbook affordability, student success, and online learning have caused some library personnel to rethink this approach. Through recent efforts at our library to purchase available e-copies for assigned course textbooks, we became curious about title persistence, or the frequency with which a unique title is assigned across multiple semesters and within a single semester across multiple sections. In this presentation we provide some background and context for our textbook affordability efforts and examine several years of assigned textbook data at Illinois State University for title persistence, prevalence within fields of study, and the relationship between title persistence and specific publishers.


First published in Charleston Conference Proceedings, 2022, edited by Beth Bernhardt, Leah Hinds, & Lars Meyer. Published 2023, Michigan Publishing Services.

This is an open access publication with a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International



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