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OER; Open access textbooks; open access; textbook affordability; higher education


"During the 2017/2018 academic year, the staff of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library (NPML) continued and expanded upon our textbook affordability initiative to reduce student textbook costs. The recent inclusion of textbook affordability to the statewide performance metrics is a huge advantage for the project by increasing system-wide support, communication, and data.

The USF Tampa Textbook Affordability Task Force was created in fall 2017 with NPML Dean Catherine Cardwell joining the group as the USFSP liaison. Dean Cardwell convened a USFSP Textbook Affordability Task Force in early January 2018 to address these issues on the USFSP campus. Members of the local task force include: Catherine Cardwell (chair), Hossam Ashour (CAS), Alejandro Brice (COE), Trey Conner (CAS), Deanna Michael (COE), Tina Neville (Library), Gary Patterson (KTCOB), and Nathan Wadlinger (KTCOB).

The Task Forces, the NPML, Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS), and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) are working together to approach textbook affordability from a variety of angles:

  1. Expand the library’s Textbooks on Reserve Collection

  2. Enhance marketing to educate all USFSP faculty

  3. Educate faculty through open workshops

  4. Provide a faculty stipend to support affordable adoptions"


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