Exploring sustainability of affordability initiatives: a library case study

ECU Author/Contributor (non-ECU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jeanne,Shirkey,Cindy,Barricella,Lisa Sheets Hoover (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
Web Site: http://www.ecu.edu/lib/

Abstract: PurposeThe cost of textbooks continues to rise for college students along with the cost of tuition. These costs can impact student success. In response to the rising costs, higher education institutions have started affordability initiatives. These initiatives are frequently housed in academic libraries. Joyner Library at East Carolina University (ECU) addresses affordability through three initiatives: Course-Adopted Textbook program, Alternative Textbook Mini-Grant program and Streaming Video licensing.Design/methodology/approachThis paper will explore the above-mentioned three programs in-depth and perform a sustainability analysis on each program.FindingsAfter reviewing the affordability initiatives discussed in the case study, the authors found that there were varying degrees of sustainability for the programs.Originality/valueECU is not alone in addressing affordability through multiple initiatives, and this case study paper will address long-term sustainability of these initiatives, especially during a time when libraries are experiencing shrinking budgets.

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Language: English
Date: 2020
Academic libraries, Sustainability, E-books, Open educational resources, Streaming video, Textbook affordability

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