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Wednesday, June 17 • 2:30pm - 3:20pm
The Role of Librarians in Supporting Textbook Affordability Initiatives at Theological Colleges

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Academic libraries increasingly lead textbook affordability initiatives in higher education. In most cases, librarians have played a critical role in building, managing, and supporting these initiatives to alleviate textbook affordability problems that students have been facing. For theological institutions, where there is a shortage of openly-licensed learning materials on religion and theology, implementing a purely OER (open educational resources) solution can be a challenge. This presentation will discuss how textbook affordability initiatives can be implemented and scaled using a multitude of approaches. One can be OER, another can be the use of library-subscribed or purchased resources, and another method can be free online materials. This presentation will discuss the variety of ways that librarians can support these initiatives. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to OER, so the speaker will present a range of ideas that could work at any institution, including training and outreach, faculty grants, learning communities, campus partnerships, publishing support, regional events, and summits.

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Regina Gong

OER & Student Success Librarian, Michigan State University
Regina Gong is the Open Educational Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian at Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries. In her role at MSU, Regina leads and oversees the OER program including the OER award and the OER publishing services. She also facilitates the Open Pedagogy... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2020 2:30pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom Room 1