Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 0.50 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:

A brief description of the textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project:

The Lending Library is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, the Academic Resource Center and Residential Education and Living (REAL). The Lending Library was created to provide textbooks and course books to students for a semester free of charge. Books in the Lending Library mainly come from donations by students at the end of each year. Some textbooks have been purchased with funding from the Sustainable Projects Fund. The Lending Library has two locations in residence hall lobbies: Literature, social sciences, and humanities books are located in a space and STEM and language textbooks are located in a second space.

The Lending Library has remained open during Covid, using a system of online holds and no-contact pick-ups through the window of one of our spaces.

A description of the Lending Library can be found here: https://www.conncoll.edu/sustainability/resources-for-students/green-living-on-campus/
The online catalog of books can be viewed here: https://conncolllendinglibrary.librarika.com/

Does the institution provide incentives for academic staff that explicitly encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks?:

A brief description of the incentives to encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks:

The Open Educational Resources Grant Program provides faculty the opportunity to explore open educational resources (OER), engage in workshops on tools for integrating OER into courses, and discusses plans and techniques for OER adoption with a cohort of professionals. The grants are funded by the Offices of Dean of the Faculty, Dean of the College, Dean of Students and the Academic Resource Center. Six OER grants were awarded in January 2021 to faculty from five different departments.

Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
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