E-Textbook Initiatives in Libraries and IT Organizations

Glenda Morgan
Director of Academic Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pat Reid
Manager, Teaching and Learning Initiatives
Purdue University

Todd Grappone
Associate University Librarian Digital Initiatives and Information Technology
University of California, Los Angeles

Milind Basole
Lead, eText Initiatives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A lot of attention has recently been paid to library publishing initiatives around scholarly works and research. Less attention however has been given to work that is happening in both libraries and information technology (IT) organizations around publishing of e-textbooks and other instructional resources. These materials take a number of different formats: some are open, some involve copyrighted material, they use a number of different technical platforms with a number of different affordances. This panel will illustrate some of the variety of different initiatives occurring around the country on e-textbook publishing in libraries and IT. The presentation will highlight the available opportunities and the progress being made as well as the challenges. Despite these challenges the session will include an argument for an increased role of both libraries and IT organizations in publication of original instructional materials in the form of e-textbooks.


Last updated:  Tuesday, May 6th, 2014