In this project, investigators collected data on K-12 e-textbook management and related services to pre-service teachers in academic libraries. We administered a pre-site-visit survey to seven colleges and universities that we identified as having strong teacher education programs supported by curriculum centers. We then conducted site visits to each location to collect data. Additionally, we distributed a survey via our institutional vendor representatives to three, large K-12 textbook publishers. With this poster, we share our research methodology and findings with other librarians, K-12 e-textbook publishers, and other interested parties. The results of this research have provided support for planning the future of the curriculum resource center in Milner Library at Illinois State University, which comprises 2.5-3% of the library’s holdings and accounts for almost 25% of the library’s circulation. Co-investigators explored other curriculum centers to learn how they are dealing with challenges with e-textbooks (including acquisition, cataloging, and access) and technology-focused services for students. We identified service gaps and opportunities for improvement and are in the process of acting upon our findings at Milner Library, such as leveraging campus partnerships, integrating makerspace technologies, and exploring different models for ordering and processing the collection.
Derden, Julie; Gibson, Sally; and Shelley, Anne, "Exploring the Future of the Teaching Materials Center at Illinois State University: From e-Textbooks to Makerspaces" (2017). Faculty and Staff Publications – Milner Library. 77.