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Friday, June 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concurrent Session B4 -- E-books for the Classroom & Open Access Textbooks: Two ways to help students save money on textbooks

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In order to help students withstand the rising cost of textbooks, and in turn support the mission of student success, the University of South Florida has implemented two electronic resource based initiatives as part of the Tampa Library’s Textbook Affordability Project.  

Through the E-books for the Classroom program, the Library purchases electronic versions of texts required for coursework, providing equitable access to needed materials at no cost to the students. For the past five years, this program has evolved into a highly successful Textbook Affordability measure, acquiring hundreds of e-books and serving thousands of students, as well as becoming an integral part of the e-book acquisition process.

The Library, with the support of the Office of the Provost and in collaboration with other departments across the University, is publishing a faculty-authored multimedia Open Access Textbook to be used by hundreds of students each semester in USF’s children’s literature courses.  The USF institutional repository, Scholar Commons, will host the textbook, making it freely available on a global scale. This program effectively uses library expertise and skills, coordinating university-wide faculty, professional, and technical resources, to create library-as-publisher for the benefit of the students and textbook affordability.

This presentation will include a review of the need for these types of Library based initiatives, the processes involved in establishing and maintaining them, and a discussion of their challenges and successes along with plans for future improvements.


Jason Boczar

Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian, University of South Florida
Jason Boczar is the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian at the University of South Florida. He received his MLIS from the University of Kentucky in 2012.

Laura Pascual

Interim Director, Collections & Discovery, University of South Florida

Friday June 10, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
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