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Thursday, November 8 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
Getting E-Books into Courses: How Libraries can Partner with Faculty to Ease the Textbook Affordability Crisis

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LOUIS, the library consortium for universities and colleges in Louisiana, funds affordable learning projects on an ongoing basis. Through these projects and individual efforts, LOUIS member libraries have undertaken a variety of approaches to encourage faculty to adopt no-cost or low-cost course material, to save students money. These approaches include strategies that leverage library collections and purchasing models to enable faculty to proactively select materials and design courses around affordability. To enable this, Louisiana State University librarians created a search tool and, building off this success, LOUIS partnered with GOBI to release a faculty portal. These tools enable faculty to search unlimited-user, DRM-free e-books alongside indexed Open Access materials and Open Textbooks. Faculty can select titles for purchase and the requests are routed to the appropriate institution for follow-up. This new collection-building model exposes faculty to publisher content during the course material selection process, proactively engaging the scholarly community. It is also a way for libraries to demonstrate meaningful usage and value to their institutions.
This panel will feature LOUIS-member librarians from the University of New Orleans and LSU to discuss the successes and challenges in engaging their faculty in this mission, and how library e-books, particularly DRM-free e-books, can offer economies for course curricula. It will also feature the perspective of a vendor, EBSCO, who is partnering with UNO on user testing to determine what the optimal course-linking solution is, leveraging course management systems. The panelists will share findings from this user research, aggregate data that illuminates how access models impact student use of library materials, as well as the results of a broad faculty study (undertaken in partnership with Library Journal) on the use of e-books in courses.

avatar for Dave Comeaux

Dave Comeaux

Systems & Discovery Librarian, Louisiana State University
Dave is responsible for the management of the LSU Libraries’ online library services platforms. Dave provides vision, leadership, and creative thinking to manage and improve discovery of and access to analog and digital content. He also leads the creation, development, and implementation... Read More →
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Kara Kroes Li

Director of Product Management, EBSCO
As Director of Product Management for EBSCO, Kara is responsible for understanding the needs of end-users, librarians, and publishers and distilling those needs into product initiatives. Her current areas of focus are user experience, librarian workflows, and partnerships. Prior to... Read More →
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Jeanne Pavy

Scholarly Communication Librarian, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans
Scholarly communication, Open Access, copyright, creative commons, library-press partnerships

Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm EST
Grand Ballroom 3, Gaillard Center