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The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, understanding, and sharing of ideas among all members of the serials information community.

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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

Assistant Director of University Libraries, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dean Hendrix is the Assistant Director of University Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo. As Assistant Director, Dean supervises communications, assessment, library systems, and entrepreneurial and experimental services at UB Libraries. Prior to his current position, Dean worked in the Health Sciences Library at UB, Morgan Library at Colorado State University; and the University of Texas at Austin Libraries. He received his... Read More →
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Charles Lyons

Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery, SUNY University at Buffalo
Charles Lyons is the Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery at the University at Buffalo. Previously, he worked in the corporate library at Lehman Brothers and in the Science and Engineering Libraries at the University of Virginia. He received his MS from Drexel University in 2002.

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

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