Thursday 13th June, 2013
10:30am to 12:00pm
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 'systemness' 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.
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.
Director, Drake Memorial Library
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