Course Packs and the Library–Go Cheaper, Greener, and Paperless

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Course Packs and the Library–Why Not Go Cheaper, Greener, and Paperless?

Awhile back an instructor at USF contacted a publisher to put together a course pack for his course. He and the publisher identified 22 readings from a variety of sources which would end up costing students close to $145.00. Out of the 22 readings, 17 of them were available in full-text journal articles carried by the USF Tampa Library. Thus, the students would be paying twice for the same material because their tuition dollars help support the library budget for full-text subscription e-journals;  yet students were going to pay again for the same articles printed up in their course packs. Luckily, the instructor contacted the library and was offered better alternatives to the expensive course pack for his class. In thinking about your students and course packs, you might want to consider the following:

1) Are the readings on your syllabus ones that students can access on their own with some library instruction?

With a little lead time, collaboration, and planning, your librarian can assist you in providing either instruction, tutorials, or information you can place in Canvas to guide students in accessing needed articles.

2) Are there readings not available online that  you can put on e-reserve or into Canvas with the help of the library?

There are e-reserve services available to you to scan and offer access to selected readings (within fair use guidelines) from inside your Canvas course. This too will help student budgets. See also information about Curriculum Builder, which helps you list article links in Canvas.

3) Are there e-books that can be purchased for required or supplementary text readings?

If a book you want on reserve is available as an e-book, the library can purchase it so it will be available to your students electronically if you fill out this handy-dandy form.

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