Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.94
Liaison Robin Frederick
Submission Date July 21, 2022

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Southeast
IN-41: Textbook Affordability

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Robin Frederick
Coordinator of STARS Assessment
Administrative Affairs
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Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:
Yes

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

In the spring and summer of 2022, the IUS library and campus bookstore collaborated together to provide students who were either financially limited and/or were interested in a no-cost alternative to purchasing a printed version. Together they were able to retrieve the required materials list ahead of each semester from faculty, and then identified books for courses that were either available as unlimited access library eBooks or could be purchased as unlimited access library eBooks. After which, the library worked with faculty to inform their students of this resource.

The library was able to make 23 eBooks available in the spring and 19 available during the summer of 2022. As a campus, we anticipate this program to continue to grow and offer more no-cost alternatives each semester.

Professors have the option to provide a textbook to the library or can select a book that the Library already owns to be placed on reserve for students to rent for their course. If it is a traditional textbook, the professor normally provides the book. This service is not used as much anymore. There are copyright restrictions surrounding Reserves that are difficult to navigate.


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

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

Open Textbook Review Stipend for full and part-time faculty members-

Find an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library that would be appropriate for your class or a class in your department and review it. Post your review on the Open Textbook Library.

This $200 stipend supports faculty professional development in open textbooks. We have funding for up to 15 faculty members for the spring semester.

Eligibility: Adjunct and Full-time Faculty

Requirements:

1. Watch the Open Educational Resources: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success webinar by March 1, 2022.

2. Email the Coordinator of Collections and Online Resources notifying them that you have watched the webinar.

3) Write a review of a textbook from the Open Textbook Library, to be posted on the OTL website, within six weeks of watching the webinar.

(Note that those who attended the Open Educational Resources: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success webinar via Zoom on January 11th will automatically receive an invitation to review a textbook from the Open Education Network.)

Open Educational Resources: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success webinar
https://iu.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_rcmjncmy

Open Textbook Library
https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks


Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data for this credit was provided by the following IUS library representatives:

Coordinator of Automation and Technical Services
Coordinator of Collections and Online Resources

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