Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Both the higher education and mainstream media tend to report on studies relating college students’ lack of openness to non-print textbooks. More research and experimentation in this area suggest student attitudes may be starting to change.
The return of the fall semester brought with it the usual barrage of student questions about textbook availability. Student after student marched to the reference desk in search of a textbook. For some, even an outdated edition would do. For many more, unfortunately, the search was futile. Academic libraries, they discovered, make a poor substitute for the campus bookstore. The high cost of commercial textbooks is a perennial source of financial pain for college students. The question is what can we do about it, and by “we” I mean academic librarians. I’ve previously shared some ideas for strategies that might be employed to offer free or no-cost learning material options for students. This might include the use of open educational resources or licensed library content. One argument in support of print textbooks is that students prefer it for reading and study. Student resistance to digital texts is shifting, and that could bode well for the acceleration of textbook alternatives.
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