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2016 Florida 2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey Report. (October, 2016). During March and April 2016, more than 22,000 students participated in a Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey conducted by the Florida Virtual Campus’s (FLVC) Office of Distance Learning and Student Services. The survey examined textbook affordability and acquisition at Florida’s public higher education institutions. Previous surveys were conducted in 2010 and 2012. In this survey, students were asked to use their recent personal experiences to provide insight on how the cost of textbooks and course materials impact their education, purchasing behaviors, academic completion and success, the study aids they find most beneficial to their learning, and their use of financial aid to address these costs.


2010 Florida Student Textbook Survey Report. (September, 2011). This survey was conducted by the Florida Distance Learning Consortium. The survey of over 14,000 Florida college students collected data on their preferences for textbook formats and features, their textbook costs for Fall 2010, the consequences of those costs, their interest in using e-textbooks and open textbooks, and more.

Report On Textbook Costs and Trends for Delivery and Cost Reduction. (January, 2011). This report was prepared by Marie Lasseter, Office of Faculty Development and Office of Academic Affairs, University System of Georgia. The report synthesizes much of the research of the past few years on textbook affordability. It examines several cost-cutting strategies and identifies open textbooks as a promising one.


A Cover to Cover Solution: How Open Textbooks are the Path to Textbook Affordability. (September, 2010). "College textbook prices have skyrocketed in recent years, threatening the affordability and accessibility of higher education in America. The average student spends $900 on textbooks annually, which can be the tipping point between affording a degree and dropping out because of cost. As prices continue to rise, the need for solutions is increasingly urgent." Open Textbooks are the solution, according to Student PIRGs.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication. Howard, J. (June, 2010). The International Communication Association has created a code of best practices to help U.S. communication scholars interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. This guide identifies four situations that represent the current consensus within the community of communication scholars about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials.

Florida Colleges and Universities Are Addressing Textbook Affordability. Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability. (July, 2010). The U.S. Congress has passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which contained language aimed at reducing textbook costs. In addition, the Florida Legislature addressed textbook affordability by passing legislation in 2008 and 2009. As a result, the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors now require Florida colleges and public universities to take various actions to help make textbooks more affordable for students. Florida also has begun a statewide open access textbook initiative that currently offers approximately 170 open access textbooks on a variety of subjects that can be accessed for free online or printed for a nominal cost.

Open Access Textbook Task Force Report. (March, 2010). This report was compiled in response to a legislative requirement to create a plan to promote open access textbooks in Florida as a method for reducing textbook costs. Produced by a 23-member Task Force with membership drawn from Florida’s higher education arena, the report includes eleven proposed recommendations to promote and sustain open access textbook use in Florida.

Scholars Embrace Some, But Not All, Digital Media. Howard, J. (April, 2010). “Chronicle” report on a survey of faculty members’ attitudes and behaviors related to libraries, scholarly material,  repositories, and ideas about open access. The article links to the complete report, prepared for the Ithaka group, "Faculty Survey 2009: Key Strategic Insights for Libraries, Publishers, and Societies." The report uses responses from over 3,000 scholars at institutions across the country.

2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries: A Review of the Current Literature. (2010). ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee. A report from the Association of College and Research Libraries finds that budget challenges, digitization, the growth of mobile Internet devices, and increased collaboration rank among the top trends of 2010.

Overview of Open Access Models for eBooks in the Humanities and Social Sciences. (March, 2010). Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN). This report examines various initiatives worldwide to produce open books in the humanities and social sciences with a variety of business models and degees of openness. Special attention is given to the nature of the content, the level of open access provided, the peer review and copyright policies, ans strategies for collaboration.


How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand*?: Getting a grip on textbook prices. (December, 2009 ). Report from the Alternative Course Materials Task Force, Tulsa Community College.  

Rising textbook expenses and a search for solutions: Survey and interview results from Michigan faculty. (December, 2009). Nicholls, N. H. (2009). This report, from the University of Michigan Library describes a year-long study on the possible uses of digital publishing and networked resources. This study consists of two major components: 1) A formal exploratory business feasibility analysis to determine the costs and benefits (both financial and social) of three textbook-related initiatives, carried out with the assistance of an outside consultant; and 2) An in-depth survey, followed by extensive interviews, to better understand Michigan faculty attitudes and motives in the selection of textbooks and their willingness to consider adopting, contributing to and authoring alternatives to mainstream commercial textbooks.


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