Annual Conference Session
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS, ALCTS_CMS
Meeting Type: Discussion Group,Interest Group
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
As the college textbook market expands, prices continue to grow prohibitively expensive for students. Given the demands and limitations of a typical student budget, students are increasingly forgoing the purchase of required textbooks or opting out of courses altogether.
In this climate, libraries have taken an active role in providing more affordable options to the traditional textbook market. This session will feature panelists discussing textbook affordability initiatives at their respective institutions. The affordability solutions addressed will balance current theory and practice, and feature applicability to colleges & universities, community colleges, and libraries beyond.
This promises to be a lively session, with ample time for discussion between the panelists and audience. Attendees will gain an understanding of the current textbook affordability landscape, learn why affordability matters, and leave with an outlook on future pathways for textbook affordability.
Education Librarian, George Washington University
Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Coordinator of Scholarship and Open Access, Louisiana State University