Dean Hendrix, University at Buffalo
The IITG project, “The E-Textbook Opportunity: The Time is Now for SUNY,” will use IITG funds for the licensing of electronic versions of textbooks, or e-textbooks, that are used in common courses across three SUNY schools: SUNY Brockport, SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Delhi. Leveraging the extensive licensing and resource delivery expertise of the participating libraries, this pilot project seizes the opportunity that the recent emergence of e-textbooks represents to serve SUNY students more efficiently both academically and financially. The pilot will investigate the opportunities and challenges of implementing e-textbooks across diverse SUNY campuses.
Reports and Resources:
According to the NY State Comptroller’s Office in 2008, freshman at SUNY and CUNY schools paid between $400-$800 per semester for textbooks, and those costs have historically risen at a rate twice that of inflation. The recent emergence of electronic textbooks (or e-textbooks) represents an opportunity for the higher education community to serve students more efficiently both academically and financially.
- Student survey – Raw data exported from online survey tool (.xls)
- Powerpoint Presentation from NASIG Conference
- SUNY Library Association (SUNYLA) Presentation
- Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Presentation
- Project Website