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Wednesday, April 25 • 11:10 - 11:35
Building on Textbook Affordability: A case study in evaluating multi-layered impacts of openness interventions

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This paper reports on a series of interviews conducted with faculty members who participated in Temple University Libraries’ Textbook Affordability Project, a library led intervention that seeks to ease the burden of textbook costs for students and their families. Librarians, while recognizing the immediate, material benefit of this project, conducted follow-up interviews with participants in an effort to understand how participation in the Textbook Affordability Project might influence faculty members’ attitudes toward open educational resources and openness in higher education more generally. The paper takes an interest in how openness interventions, like this project, might promote a cultural shift towards openness across the institution and how these results may offer a model for other academic libraries seeking to promote multi-layered impacts through their openness initiatives. We use the content of interviews with faculty to determine the extent to which the Textbook Affordability Project has been effective in fostering a culture of openness on our campus. We argue that initiatives with the immediate goal of alleviating the burden of textbook costs for students can have peripheral, long-range impacts on institutional attitudes toward openness in an academic community. These peripheral impacts should be investigated to harness untapped potential to grow openness initiatives on university campuses. Too often academic libraries implement innovative projects without pursuing adequate evaluation and assessment. We argue that conducting this assessment helps reveal the peripheral impacts of projects, allowing for a snowball effect to develop in promoting conceptual frameworks that build off of one another as constituencies become acquainted to openness by seeing its practical advantages. We hope that this case study might offer both a practical and theoretical orientation for rethinking the interconnectivity of the promotion, implementation and evaluation of openness initiatives in our field.

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Urooj Nizami

Resident Librarian, Temple University Libraries
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Adam Shambaugh

Temple University Libraries

Wednesday April 25, 2018 11:10 - 11:35
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