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Allen, I. E. & Seaman, J. (2016). Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16. Babson Survey Research Group 
• [see summary of its findings here from Chronicle of Higher Ed.]

Christie, A., Pollitz, J. H., & Middleton, C. (2009). Student strategies for coping with textbook costs and the role of library course reserves. Portal: Libraries and the academy9(4), 491-510.

Crissinger, Sarah. 2015. A Critical take on OER practices: Interrogating commercialization, colonialism, and content. In the Library With the Lead Pipe

Kelly, Rhea. (2014). Research: Two-thirds of faculty unaware of open education resources. Campus Technology, October 29.

Lyons, C. (2014). Library roles with textbook affordability. Against the Grain, 26(5), 1+.

Perry, M. (2012). The college textbook bubble and how the “open educational resources” movement is going up against the textbook cartelAmerican Enterprise Institute.

Petrides, L., Jimes, C., Middleton‐Detzner, C., Walling, J., & Weiss, S. (2011). Open textbook adoption and use: Implications for teachers and learners. Open Learning, 26(1): 39-49. [link to full text of journal article for Le Moyne College community only]


Pending: Affordable College Textbook Act

The Affordable College Textbook Act (originally proposed in 2013) was re-introduced in October 2015, would establish a grant program to lease open textbooks to students.

Fact sheet & bill & advocacy from SPARC:

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Textbook facts

as reported by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs

  • College textbook prices have increased by 82% in the past ten years, aka 3x the rate of inflation
  • Though alternatives to the new print edition textbooks exist, the costs of these alternatives (such as rental programs, used book markets and e-textbooks) are still dictated by publishers who re-issue editions every few years
  • On average students spend $1,200 a year on textbooks which = 14% of tuition at a four-year, public college; 39% of tuition at community college
  • 65% of students choose not to buy a college textbook because it’s too expensive
  • 94% report that they suffer academically because of this choice
  • 48% say they altered which classes they took based on textbook costs, either taking fewer classes or different classes
Noreen Reale Falcone Library Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214 tel: 315-445-4153 • fax: 315-445-4642

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