E-books for education events

August 20, 2014

The cost of print textbooks are outrageous, and librarians are trying to help! Join us for a two part webinar exploring e-books for education and first event in the Faculty Brown Bag series.

Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

September 10th, 1:00-2:30 in Dimond 352

The session will explore the notion of just what an electronic textbook is. Are e-textbooks an interactive "courseware" website, an application for mobile devices and tablets, or self-contained digital files? Or is there a place for all of these and if so, how do they fit together and combine with a course syllabus? Also addressed will be issues of affordability and usage.

Topics and speakers are:

  • Advocating for Change: Open Textbooks and Affordability – Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Open Your Books and Turn to Page 10: Getting Students to Use Their E-Textbooks – Reggie Cobb, Biology Instructor, Nash Community College
  • A Proof of Concept Initiative: The Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilots – Monica Metz-Wiseman, Coordinator of Electronic Collections, University of South Florida Libraries

Open Textbook Initiatives

September 17th, 1:00-2:30 in Dimond 343

This session will focus on the efforts to make textbooks electronically available under free open copyright licenses as part of the broader open educational resources movement.

Topics and speakers are:

  • The Library Publishing Landscape for E-Textbooks – Faye Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and Press Director, Oregon State University
  • Student-Funded Textbook Initiative at Kansas State University – Brian Lindshield, Associate Professor, Human Nutrition, Kansas State University and Beth Turtle, Associate Professor/Head, Scholarly Communications & Publishing, Kansas State University Libraries
  • Using Open Resources to Expand Access to Education – Molly Lindsay, Vice President of Content, Boundless

Faculty Brown Bag Series: Improvements to Ebrary

This series from Academic Technology starts on September 18. Join us in Dimond 352 from 12-1:30pm with a brief talk from collection management librarian Jen Carroll about recent improvements to the ebrary ebook system available to all faculty. Open discussion to follow.

We hope you can join us to learn more about this important topic!

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