Course Reserves, Library Resources, Oh My!: How We Contribute to Affordability Beyond OER

Tuesday, 11/14/2023 - Wednesday, 11/15/2023
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Everywhere you look there are webinars and conference sessions on open educational resources (OER) and how they contribute to DEI, textbook affordability, and more. But OER that meet instructor criteria are not available for every course. In this e-forum, we will explore how things academic libraries already do, including course reserves, fit into the broader course materials/textbook affordability efforts of our institutions.

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Learning Outcomes

At the end of this e-Forum, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe a range of activities that libraries do to support textbook affordability beyond OER.
  • Compare your library’s course reserves structure, policies, and procedures to course reserves at other institutions.
  • Evaluate whether and how course reserves contribute to textbook affordability.
  • Formulate a plan for improving or expanding the ways you market and promote the ways your library contributes to textbook affordability.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who works with course reserves, OER, or a textbook affordability program or who wants to know more about the library’s role in supporting textbook affordability at other institutions.


Christina Getaz, MSLS, is the Instruction and Assessment Librarian at Caldwell University in New Jersey. She is the chair of Caldwell’s Open Educational Resources Committee.

D’Arcy Hutchings, MLIS, M.ED., is the Instructional Design Librarian at University of Alaska Anchorage. She co-founded and continues to lead UAA Textbook Affordability since 2015. Previously she worked as UAA’s Course Reserves Manager.

Donna Maher, MLIS, Ph. D., is the Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Maine at Augusta. Donna was part of the inaugural OER Honorarium Program at UMA, which began in Fall 2022.



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