Textbook Alternative Program

By: Deborah Gaspar  

Textbook prices rise faster than the rate of inflation. Publishers update editions regularly assuring new purchases in order to limit the used textbook market. Publishers also add incentives to encourage faculty to remain with the published textbook. These include pre-made tests, online supporting materials, and grading rubrics. At Rowan University we have introduced the Textbook Alternative Program (TAP). This program encourages faculty to select free materials to replace the traditionally published textbooks with open access materials or to design a list of course readings drawn from library holdings. The program is sponsored by units across campus, including the library. Faculty may submit proposals to change their course materials and earn a $2000.00 (US) stipend. This project saved Rowan students a total of $116,181 in just the first year.

Open, Textbooks, Access
2019 Special Focus: Publishing Ecologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Poster/Exhibit Session

Deborah Gaspar

Director of User Services and Collections, Campbell Library, Rowan University Libraries, United States
NJ, United States

Dr. Deborah Gaspar started her career as a high school librarian. She then transitioned to academic libraries moving to The George Washington University, first as an Instruction Librarian, and later as Instruction Coordinator. Dr. Gaspar is now the Director of User Sservices and Collections at Campbell Library of Rowan Univesity. Her responsibilities include leading 10 full time staff in cataloging, purchasing, and inventory as well as 11 full time staff managing course reserves, circulation, and Inter-Library Loan. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Drexel University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph's University.