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Saturday, June 8 • 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Textbook Affordability: Is There a Role for the Library?

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Try searching the library catalog, as many students do each semester, for the latest version of the textbook being used in a class at many universities and you will likely come up empty-handed. Many academic libraries – due to high prices, frequently-issued new editions, and a tendency to go missing from the collection – have justifiably chosen to play only a marginal role in the provision of textbooks on campus. However, the dynamics of the textbook market are changing rapidly and this presentation will explore the question: should libraries reconsider the roles they play in the provision of course materials on campus? This session will focus on the issue of affordability in the context of the rapid evolution and increased availability of e-textbooks (electronic versions of textbooks). Topics covered will include: --an overview of the e-textbook market. --purchasing options and outlets for e-textbooks. --new business models for institutional access to e-textbooks. --potential savings from e-textbook adoptions. --information on negotiating with publishers and platform providers. --why the library is well-positioned to play a prominent role in the provision of e-textbooks.

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Dean Hendrix

Dean of Libraries, University of Texas at San Antonio
As Dean of Libraries, Dean Hendrix provides leadership, strategic direction and vision for the UTSA Libraries. Working with librarians, staff, faculty, students and the broader UTSA community, Dean aligns the libraries' services, spaces and expertise with the research, educational... Read More →
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Charles Lyons

Director, Butler Library, State University of New York College at Buffalo
Charles Lyons is Library Director at Buffalo State College. Previously he served as Associate University Librarian for Discovery & Delivery at the University at Buffalo, worked in the corporate library at Lehman Brothers, and in the Science and Engineering Libraries at the University... Read More →

Saturday June 8, 2013 3:50pm - 4:50pm EDT
Regency Ballroom A 2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14202

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