A16. SUNY's E-Textbook Opportunity: Lessons from a Collaborative Pilot

A session at SUNYLA 2013

  • Mary Jo Orzech

Thursday 13th June, 2013

10:30am to 12:00pm (EST)

Textbook publishers'€™ business practices including annual price increases work against financially strapped students. As a result, a majority of students decide against purchasing all of the necessary textbooks for their courses. This panel presentation will describe an IITG funded project initiated by three SUNY libraries (Brockport, Delhi and the University at Buffalo), to exploit SUNY'€™s '€œsystemness'€ and study the utility and feasibility of a coordinated e-textbook initiative across SUNY. During the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters, the team specifically collected data in four areas: (1), the implementation of a multi-campus e-textbook initiative; (2), the effect of e-textbooks and their technological features on student learning, success, and satisfaction; (3), faculty feedback related to instructor satisfaction, pedagogy, customization and academic choice; and (4), our collective purchasing power, contract terms, necessary campus infrastructure, and sustainable business models for students, publishers and SUNY campuses.


  • Opportunities and challenges of implementing e-textbooks in libraries and across SUNY
  • Extent of academic and financial benefits that e-textbooks deliver to SUNY students
  • Faculty attitudes and pedagogy related to e-textbooks

Keri Thomas-Whiteside

About the speakers

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Dean Hendrix

University at Buffalo

Dean Hendrix is the Assistant Director of University Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Dean's research interests include bibliometrics and other evaluative research metrics, communications, entrepreneurial and experimental library services, and e-textbooks.

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Mary Jo Orzech


Director, Drake Memorial Library

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Charles Lyons

University at Buffalo

Electronic Resources Librarian

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Time 10:30am12:00pm EST

Date Thu 13th June 2013

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