ATG Article of the Week: Putting Our Students at the Heart of What We Do — eTextbooks at the University of Manchester

by | Aug 5, 2019 | 0 comments

Putting Our Students at the Heart of What We Do — eTextbooks at the University of Manchester is an article that just appeared in the June issue of Against the Grain.


Written by Olivia Walsby, Reading List Services Manager and Flora Bourne, eTextbook Coordinator, the article describes how the University of Manchester Library addressed “the perennial issue of providing our students with access to the books that they need in order to be successful in their studies, and in particular “core textbooks.”

Walsby and Bourne offer a frontline perspective of the “three year library project  “Books Right Here Right Now Project”  which involved extensive research and consultation with academic colleagues and students to ensure that library provision of reading list material meets their needs.  The project examined student reading behaviour, and investigated and tested new models for textbook provision via a series of pilots: targeted, demand driven/point of need provision for specific student cohorts (Rayner & Coyle, 2016).

Prior to the project, the Library was frequently unable to purchase core textbooks in electronic format.  Publishers would often not make them available to the Library, or if they did, the pricing models were extortionate.  The work undertaken by the project team made significant progress towards changing the UK library model for electronic core texts and successfully provided individual copies of core eTextbooks to over 11,000 of our students over the three years of pilots…”

(If you want to learn more about this innovative project, feel free to click here or on the above link to read the entire article.)

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