3 Ways Libraries Can Help Make Course Resources More Affordable

Dani Guzman, Ex Libris

There is an array of options nowadays for delivering assigned reading and resources to students in academic institutions. In “Battle over College Course Material is a Textbook Example of Technological Change,” columnist Danielle Douglas-Gabriel runs through some of them, including multimedia courseware, open-source textbooks, open-educational resources (OER), and password-protected online material (using an access code paid for by the student).

This growing complexity, lower demand for hard-copy basic-level textbooks, and rising prices for advanced textbooks has led to the innovation of inclusive-access programs. As described in January 2017 by Carl Straumsheim, Technology Correspondent for Inside Higher Ed, inclusive access means that students need not purchase reading list resources on their own; rather, they “pay a course fee that provides access to course materials—delivered digitally unless students pay extra for a print-on-demand copy—on the first day of class.”

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