Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 33,989
At the NCSU Libraries, our efforts to directly address the textbook problem on behalf of students and faculty began with a resolution from students to place one copy of every required textbook on print reserves. It has evolved into a multi-modal effort to provide short-term assistance to students while pursuing a long-term systemic change in the market and within our university. The NCSU Libraries pursues a number of approaches to aid students and instructors in dealing with the various challenges associated with textbooks, including:
- Partnering with the NC State Bookstore to purchase at lease one copy of every required textbook each fall and winter semester and offering them through print reserves
- Licensing an experimental physics textbook for use in introductory courses in partnership with the NC State Physics Department, hosting its availability for all NC State users and providing a print-on-demand option through the bookstore.
Recognizing financial pressures facing our students and the opportunity for the Libraries to address them through collaborating with faculty to seed innovation, in 2013 the NCSU Libraries began developing the Alt-Textbook program. The Alt-Textbook project focuses mainly on the creation of new open educational resources that engage with a wide array of technologies. Since 2013, the Alt-Textbook program has provided grants for 20 unique courses, and saved over $250,000 in textbook costs. The NC State Student Senate passed a resolution in support of the Alt-Textbook Project on March 25, 2015.
In 2016, NC State joined the Open Textbook Network to enhance the presence of open education on campus. Membership in the Open Textbook Network will facilitate more adoptions of existing open textbooks. The Open Textbook Network visited campus to train librarians, instructional designers, bookstore staff, and faculty in March 2017.
Librarians at NCSU Libraries have been instrumental in pursuing a system-wide membership to the Open Textbook Network, which will begin in Spring 2017.
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