Reducing Barriers

Joyner Library’s alternative textbook program benefits faculty and students

May 2, 2016

By Kelly Rogers Dilda
University Communication

An alternative textbook program launched by J.Y. Joyner Library this year has the potential to save East Carolina University students hundreds of dollars each semester, and faculty members are eager to propose cost-saving solutions.

The program encourages faculty to explore alternative texts such as Open Access textbooks, freely-available articles and books, or library-licensed resources in lieu of assigning traditional textbooks.

Joyner Library Director Janice S. Lewis said faculty members across the university recognize that the high cost of textbooks is a barrier to student success and they wanted to do something about it.

“I think we have a responsibility to first-generation and low-income college students to reduce barriers to getting the knowledge needed to succeed,” said Dr. Joseph G.L. Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Promotion.

The average cost of books and supplies for ECU undergraduate students is $1,260 per year. That mirrors the average costs nationwide, according to the Digest of Education Statistics.

Students shared with Lewis that they simply did not purchase course materials because of the cost, particularly for courses outside their major. Instead, they shared a book with a classmate or relied on their class notes and materials their instructor shared via PowerPoints or through Blackboard.

Only select faculty are able to participate at this time, but the response for proposals was so positive that Lewis said they’ll expand the program from 10 to 15 faculty when it begins this fall. Proposals included adopting existing open textbooks, incorporating library subscription resources such as journal articles, e-book chapters and streaming video in courses, and creating completely new content.

In many cases, faculty are also frustrated by the inability to find a textbook that adequately covers the subject matter they are teaching, and they are excited about the possibility of customizing content.

“I am interested in this program to enable more students to afford to attend college by reducing cost,” said Dr. Christyn Dolbier, associate professor in the Department of Psychology. “The program addresses issues I have with the traditional textbooks I’ve used and reduces reliance on publisher-provided learning activities. It will also allow me to pursue my scholarly interest in investigating ways to enhance student learning.”

Several proposals touted other advantages of alternative textbooks such as engaging students in active learning and ensuring that every student has access to course materials on the first day of class.

Margaret Blythe, a junior in the Department of Sociology, said she thinks students will benefit from the program.

“I particularly love using e-books because of their easy access,” she said. “They allow you to highlight important things and then later track and compile them for notes.”

“The fact that alternative textbooks also help students cut down on spending is fantastic,” she added.

“I am convinced that in many instances, alternative textbooks can provide higher quality content that is more timely and relevant for students than the texts currently being used,” said Lewis. “Through the program, Joyner Library can support faculty in their efforts to improve course materials and can help save students money on textbooks at the same time.”

Faculty in the program receive a $1000 stipend to compensate for additional time spent developing new course materials and assignments.  They will also be paired with a librarian who will assist with identifying potential course materials and offer copyright guidance.

Current recipients are from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, and the College of Health and Human Performance.

The alternative textbook program is funded by library donors and income from the Fred Timms Langford and Verona Lee Joyner Langford Endowment Fund.

For more information, contact the Joyner Library scholarly communication department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu or 252-328-2261.

IMAGE: Student Margaret Blythe, a junior in the Department of Sociology, likes the easy, online access of alternative textbooks and the cost savings associated with the program.

Joyner Library e-newsletter

Take a peek at our Special Edition of Joyner Library’s e-newsletter celebrating National Library Week! This issue covers topics such as our Alternative Textbook Program, the Joyner Library Student Advisory Board, recent grant awards here at the library, our 3D Printing service, and much more.

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The theme for National Library Week, “Libraries Transform,” is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries.

As always, if we can be of assistance with your classes or research, please let us know!

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Faculty Loan Periods

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Book Loan Period Change at Joyner Library and the Music Library    

Starting on April 6, 2016, the faculty, staff, and retiree loan periods from Joyner Library and the Music Library for general collection books, music scores, and federal documents will be changed to 180 days with three possible unseen renewals. The due dates for materials will be presented to you on a paper receipt when checking out and emailed to you as part of the checkout process. You will be able to see your due dates at any time in the library’s catalog My Account feature. As a due date approaches, the library will email you a reminder. Renewal requests will continue to be available through the My Account feature, by phone to 252-328-6690, and by email to circulation@ecu.edu. After three renewals, items will need to be brought into the library. Unless there are holds on the items from other patrons, you will be able to check-out the items again.

The decision to change to a 180 day loan period was made in consultation with ECU’s Compliance Management office and as a result of a review of loan periods at the rest of the UNC system libraries and other university libraries. The prior due date of the end of the spring semester was deemed to be too long of a period for appropriate inventory management, especially if an item were renewed yearly for a total of three additional years. The concern about inventory management results from the libraries having had numerous faculty, staff, and retirees lose materials during their long loan periods and others who have left the employment of ECU during the loan period without returning the materials. Such issues resulted in intensive debt collection efforts as required by state law and the inability to collect on some of this debt. It is hoped that the change in the loan period will reduce these negative experiences and protect the libraries’ investments in collections. The Faculty Senate Libraries Committee was consulted about this change at its meeting on January 20, 2016, and expressed its understanding for the need to change the loan period. 

For full details on Joyner Library’s circulation procedures, please consult our Circulation Procedure at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/services/circulation.cfm.

Please note that this change at Joyner Library and the Music Library does not change the current 90 day loan period for faculty and staff at ECU’s Laupus Health Sciences Library.

 

Pet Therapy

Join us during exams for a snack break and pet therapy!

Wednesday, April 27th     12:00pm-1:00pm
Thursday, April 28th     1:00pm-2:00pm
Monday, May 2nd     5:00pm-6:00pm

Circulation Reading Room – 1st Floor of Joyner

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National Library Week Contest

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BECAUSE WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

In honor of National Library Week (April 11-15)
we are kicking off a contest to win a Reading Day Study Package!

Winner Receives:
The winning student will receive 24 consecutive hours of exclusive access to group study room in Joyner Library, with meals. The winning student may choose up to 3 fellow students with whom to share the room for the 24 hour period. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Panera; dinner will be provided by Papa Johns. Light snacks also will be included.

Contest Rules:
1.      Contest runs from  midnight of April 8 to midnight of April 14
2.      Post to Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram pictures with statement
about why you love Joyner Library
3.      Pictures must be taken within Joyner or, if outside the building,
within its immediate surroundings
4.      Use hashtag #lovejoyner
5.      The winner will be drawn April 15; if the winner does not respond by
midnight on Monday, April 18, then another drawing will take place

Contest participation must abide by the University Student and Employee Computer Use Policy to be valid: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/policies/academicpolicy.cfm.

For more information or with questions please contact:
Heather White at (252) 328-2870 or whiteh@ecu.edu

UNC Press Visit – Open Sessions

John McLeod, Director of the UNC Press Office of Scholarly Publishing Services, will visit ECU on Friday, April 15, to discuss the services UNC Press offers authors, journal editors, and publishers. Services include editorial, design, and production (including printing); sales, marketing, and distribution; and assistance with intellectual property, copyright, and subsidiary rights. UNC Press handles a wide variety of publishing projects including open access digital works and open educational resources, print and digital journals, print and digital books and textbooks, print and digital course packs and supplemental materials, audio books and educational materials, conference and symposia proceedings, and transforming rare manuscripts and out-of-copyright works into accessible books and eBooks.

Two open sessions will be held in Joyner Library, Room 2409. You are welcome to attend either or both of these sessions.
10:30-11:30         Journal publishing with UNC Press

2:15-3:15              UNC Press support for researchers and digital scholarship

The Development of Medicine in Eastern North Carolina

Laupus Library will be hosting an opening reception on April 29 2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library to celebrate the new online discoverability of the manuscript collections of the Laupus Library and Country Doctor Museum.

This project is the result of a collaboration with Joyner Library, who received an LSTA grant to add new accessibility to the collections at Laupus and CDM.

The exhibit will be up from April 29-June 10, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 2016    
2pm-4pm at the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library

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The focus of the project has been to convert the collection guides formerly only available locally in Word and Excel into online format and to digitize over 200 items for access worldwide.

People will learn about the history of medicine in North Carolina through viewing unique materials housed at Laupus Library as part of the exhibit. They will also be able to view finding aids for all of the archival collections from Laupus Library and at Country Doctor Museum through the use of laptops and iPads provided at the opening reception. The finding aids will be findable through the libraries’ websites as well.

About the Exhibition:
The exhibit will highlight several country doctors from eastern North Carolina beginning in the mid-19
th century, along with a father-son who owned and operated a pharmacy in Stantonsburg. A variety of papers and artifacts will highlight the development of medicine. Some of the items included are a Civil War-era amputation kit, ledger with non-monetary payments, handwritten botanical medicine recipes, and homeopathic chest. The exhibit will explore who country doctors were, what they did, where they lived, how they were education, etc. using the doctors highlighted on the exhibit graphic.  

This project is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information contact Ashley Williams at WILLIAMSASH14@ECU.EDU

Joyner Library Game Night

Please join us for a great night at Joyner Library. Enjoy electronic video games, board games, contests, prizes, pizza, snacks, etc and learn more about the services and resources Joyner offers!

Friday, April 15 from 6pm-10pm

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For more information contact: Heather White (252) 328-2970 or whiteh@ecu.edu

Southern Women and the Belgian Congo

Please make plans to join us for Jonathan Blake Richard’s presentation “Southern Women and the Belgian Congo: progressivism, the social gospel, and womanhood in the mission fields.”

Richard’s will be giving his presentation today, Thursday, April 14 at 3pm at Joyner Library

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