Reference Services Review: Volume 48 Issue 3

Reference and instructional services for libraries in the digital age


Table of contents - Special Issue: Academic Libraries and the Costs of Higher Education

Guest Editors: Lydia Bello, Chris Granatino

Bridges to affordability: adopting a university OAER mandate with local implementation

Christina Riehman-Murphy, Victoria Raish, Emily Mross, Andrea Pritt, Elizabeth Nelson

This paper aims to describe a case study of the open and affordable educational resources (OAER) initiatives led by Penn State University Libraries (UL) and implemented at its…

Supporting faculty through an open education and affordability gratitude campaign

Mandi Goodsett

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate how an academic library can use a library-led, public, positive, and broad faculty gratitude campaign to help a campus embrace a…

Equitable student success via library support for textbooks

Laura Wimberley, Elizabeth Cheney, Yi Ding

The cost of course materials to the individual student has increased over the past decade, contributing to educational inequity. Open educational resources (OERs) may be a…

Removing barriers: textbook affordability and OER at Sinclair community college

Andrew Joseph Walsh

This paper aims to examine the role of the library at a large, urban community college in the institution’s textbook affordability initiatives.

Navigating support models for OER publishing: case studies from the University of Houston and the University of Washington

Ariana Santiago, Lauren Ray

The purpose of this paper is to describe programs that support open educational resources (OER) publishing in academic libraries. Insights, opportunities and challenges are shared…

Desperately seeking funding: library guides to student funding

Rochelle Lundy, Reilly Curran

This study aims to examine online research guides as a measure of academic library support for students seeking educational funding opportunities.

Library consortia contributing to college affordability: collection and OER initiatives in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois

Christopher Sweet, Elizabeth C. Clarage

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) consists of 128 libraries. This paper aims to present an analysis of collection and open educational…

Exploring sustainability of affordability initiatives: a library case study

Jeanne Hoover, Cindy Shirkey, Lisa Sheets Barricella

The 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…

Affordable education with a little help from the library

Diane Sotak, Jane G. Scott, Tillia R. Griffin

The purpose of this paper is to describe the design, creation and outcome of a pilot project to provide additional course reserve materials to students. The goals of the project…

Caring for students in postsecondary open educational resource (OER) and open education initiatives: inviting student participation and voice

Merinda McLure, Caroline Sinkinson

This paper aims to examine librarians’ professional motivations and theoretical perspectives to attend to care and student voice, as they pursue open educational resource (OER…

Building an OER program based on stakeholder feedback

Marisa Petrich

This study aims to outline a library-led open educational resource (OER) training program for faculty and an assessment of barriers to OER adoption on campus. This study examines…

No textbook cost general education pathway: an effort to increase retention at Central Washington University

Maura Valentino, Geri Hopkins

This study aims to describe a project that aims to give students a choice to complete their general education requirements without purchasing a textbook.

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