A Message from the GSU Library’s Dean and Leadership Team

As demonstrations for racial justice have swept the country and the globe, we share the outrage and sadness over historic oppression, systemic inequities, and daily injustices. We believe that silence is complicity and action is necessary. In this context, members of the Georgia State University Library community have been reflecting on how we can work for change.  

I believe we can start by remembering our organizational values. One of the University Library’s key values is diversity: “We value all employees and users regardless of race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or national origin, and strive to create a climate of openness, respect and appreciation.” I know that I, and our organization, often fall short and must do better.  

Some specific steps the University Library has taken in recent years include providing training for managers on best practices for recruiting diverse job candidates, understanding bias, and reducing microaggressions; revising job descriptions for faculty vacancies to emphasize our diversity values; inviting keynote speakers to inspire our diversity work at our annual employee development day; and, in order to make the library more inclusive and welcoming to all, distributing buttons to celebrate students’ gender identities at the start of the last academic year. Some results of this work include increasingly diverse faculty candidate pools and expressions of appreciation from students who found a place of inclusion in the library. Perhaps the most important step, as we look to accelerate our work, has been a grass roots discussion and subsequent call for a task force, which led this April to the creation of a permanent Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DIA) Committee, to advise the Library. 

The Library has taken a couple additional small steps in the past few weeks. We have used our blog to highlight reading lists, compiled by our librarians, of works that our community can read to grow in understanding and empathy on topics including systematic racism and inequities in the criminal justice system. We also added online access to several titles on these lists. Yet we have far to go to. Our newly-formed DIA committee has called upon the entire library team to support President Becker’s call for “each and every member of the Georgia State community to stand in solidarity in rejecting racism and violence and to commit to building a better future where opportunity is real and just.” Today I want to share a few specific steps we are taking to advance the cause of equity and justice. 

  • Our DIA committee called on us to “center voices not traditionally well represented in academic libraries.” I have asked our collection development department to continue building our collection of ebooks on antiracism reading lists. Ebooks allow multiple GSU community members to access the books at the same time and despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. I hope these resources can be useful for personal growth and for faculty members reworking their syllabi for the fall.  
  • The committee also asked for clarity, training, and library-wide conversation on safety, security, and our relationship with campus police. We have engaged in an initial discussion between library leadership and the DIA committee to begin this dialog.  
  • The committee called on library employees to acknowledge “the pain, trauma, and anger many of our colleagues are suffering” and “learn about race and racism in the United States and Atlanta.” The university sits on land taken from the Muscogee Creek people. The downtown library is located on property appropriated, through the urban renewal program of the 1960s, from working class Black, Jewish, and immigrant communities who lived and conducted business here (Newman, 2000). Today, more Black students graduate from GSU than any other nonprofit university in the U.S. For decades, however, the college that was to become GSU excluded Black applicants, and the University System of Georgia only integrated when forced to by brave leaders, including Barbara Pace Hunt, Iris Mae Welch, and Myra Elliott Dinsmore, the three women who sued to integrate Georgia State (Daniels, 2019). I propose the University Library create a permanent exhibit in the Atlanta library that explores the history of this place.  

Georgia State University, and the GSU Library, are works in progress. The university has received national attention for fixing broken systems and eliminating disparities in graduation rates. The university admits all qualified applicants, rather than gaming rankings though exclusion. The university has committed to racial justice through such initiatives as the Commission for the Next Generation of Faculty and the newly formed Task Force on Racial Equality. The University Library’s leadership is committed to the call from the DIA Committee to “create a more equitable and inclusive workplace” and “to dismantle oppressive structures and build in their place a more just world.” We look forward to working together as a team, with the support of the university, GSU alumni, and the broader Atlanta area community, in this essential work.  

Jeff Steely, Dean of Libraries, 

on behalf of the Georgia State University Library’s Leadership Team 

Daniels, M. C. (2019). Ground crew: The fight to end segregation at Georgia State. University of Georgia Press. 

Newman, H. K. (2000). Decatur Street: Atlanta’s African American paradise lost. Atlanta History, 44(2), 5. 

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EIU Country Commerce & Viewswire Databases: Upcoming cancellations & alternative resources

We’ve recently canceled the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Country Reports and Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ViewsWire database subscriptions. The EIU databases’ usage has been low, creating a high and unsustainable cost-per-use with the current budget cuts. GSU access to these databases will end on December 31, 2020.

Older EIU publications until December 31, 2018, are available via Factiva. These EIU publications include Risk Briefing, Executive Briefing, Country Commerce, and ViewWire.

Please note the online access to the Economist journal is not affected. The journal was not part of the EIU databases, and our online & print access remains available for all GSU affiliates.

Alternative sources: 
GSU researchers who seek country reports, news, and analysis on global economic and political developments may find the following resources useful.

Country reports via Business Source Complete
provides country reports from several publishers such as the PRS (Political Risk Service), CountryWatch, Global Insight, and Marketline.

Country Reports via GlobalEdge provides statistical data for nearly every country around the world, including statistics, historical, economic, and political conditions.

BMI Industry Insights via Factiva: provides analysis, forecasts, and company profiles in various industries with a country-by-country focus, covering the key trends impacting global markets.

Passport provides statistics, analysis, reports, surveys, and breaking news on industries, countries, and consumers worldwide.

OECD iLibrary provides access to OECD’s published books and journals, statistics, analysis, and data on the OECD member countries.

Factiva provides essential business news and information combined with content delivery tools and services to help users make better business decisions

EconLit provides citations and abstracts dating back to 1886 and full-text articles in economic fields such as capital markets, country studies, econometrics, economic forecasting, government regulations, labor economics, monetary theory, urban economics, and more.

World Bank Data provides open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe. The World Bank Data site is meant to provide all users with improved access to World Bank data and to make that data easy to find and use.

World Development Indicators– A data source on the global economy, featuring statistical data on development indicators and time series data from 1960 to the present. The data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators.

We apologize for any inconvenience created by the cancellations. If you have concerns or have any questions on alternative resources, please feel free to contact me or the liaison librarian of your college.
Dan Lȇ
Business Librarian
Liaison to Robinson College of Business

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Out in the Archives: Atlanta’s Pride

On October 28 at 4:00 pm, Georgia State University Library’s Special Collections and Archives will host a virtual event to highlight its Gender and Sexuality Collections. In this, the 50th anniversary of Atlanta’s Pride, the event will highlight two of the city’s Pride organizations. Speakers include Lynn Barfield, Operations Manager for the Atlanta Pride Committee, and TAYLOR ALXNDR, Executive Director of Southern Fried Queer Pride.

Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Join us virtually:

Send us your questions before and during the event at: libevents@gsu.edu

TAYLOR ALXNDR (they/she) is a DIY musician, drag performer, and community organizer based in Atlanta, GA. Raised in the rural edges of the metro area, ALXNDR has been creating in and captivating Atlanta and beyond since 2011. ALXNDR is the co-founder and current executive director of Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP), an Atlanta-based non-profit organization empowering Black queer and QTPOC centered communities in the South through the arts. They are also the mother of the House of ALXNDR, an Atlanta-based drag family and events hub, creating drag-centered, inclusive events. 

Getting her start performing at dive bars in the local Atlanta subversive queer drag scene, ALXNDR broke through in 2017 with her debut single “Nightwork”, an ode to the underbelly of nightlife. She followed it with her debut EP, Noise, later that year. In 2018, ALXNDR released her debut album Hologram. Writing, producing, and creative directing all of her music and content, ALXNDR’s DIY approach to her craft is born out of a need for honesty and an appreciation of the art form. ALXNDR’s live shows are a mixture of her interactive and improvisational background in drag, interest in video projection, and a foundational belief that music can make you think and dance.

ALXNDR’s work has been featured in Vice, Forbes, Out Magazine, Vogue, them., and more. Bandcamp called them an “underground drag icon”. They were voted as Atlanta’s Best Drag Queen & Best LGBTQ Performer in 2019.


Lynn Barfield currently serves as the Operations Manager for the Atlanta Pride Committee. She’s a native Georgian – and still has the Grady Baby t-shirt she was sent home in- and grew up in Jonesboro, Georgia south of Atlanta.

The youngest of nine children, Barfield flew the nest to attend the University of Georgia with the hopes of being the greatest teacher any kid could ever have, only to become discouraged and decided to take her skills to the non profit sector. She has served as a development liaison between Hands On Atlanta and the Coca Cola Company; with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a community and volunteer liaison for  park rangers and management staff. She then served as Executive Director for Enlight Atlanta, a grant funded program that helped public schools and colleges establish gay/straight alliances in their educational space.

Barfield has served as board president with For the Kid in All of Us, Inc. and as a volunteer for Chris 180, AID Atlanta, and the More to Love Foundation. She is an admirer of good wine and whiskey, Bulldog football, all things music and good food.

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Dr. David B. Gracy II

David B. Gracy, Southern Labor Archives, 1974

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dr. David B. Gracy II’s passing.  Dr. Gracy was hired in 1971, by then Library Director William R. Pullen, to found the Southern Labor and University Archives. He spent his time at Georgia State University working to build relationships with unions across the South. Labor leaders were particularly skeptical of GSU as permanent site for their archives. Since GSU was then primarily a business school, unions thought that management might use the union records to undermine them.  In addition to building the archives at Georgia State University, Dr. Gracy taught archival enterprise and history courses at GSU and DeKalb Community College (later Georgia Perimeter College and now part of Georgia State University).   

Although he was in Georgia for only 6 years, his impact is still felt today.  He worked with Professors Merle Reed and Gary Fink to seek a grant to create the Southern Labor History Conference, now known as the Southern Labor Studies Conference.  He was appointed by Governor George Busbee to serve as the State Historical Records Advisory Board of Georgia in 1976 and served as President of the Society of Georgia Archivists from 1972-1974.  He was the founding editor of Georgia Archive (subsequently Provenance) published by the Society of Georgia Archivists for which he received an award of merit from the Society of American Archivists in 1975.  It was one of the first journals serving the archival profession and something that Dr. Gracy told us he was especially proud of in a recent oral history. He later taught “Introduction to Archival Enterprise” at the Georgia Archives Institute from 1987 to 1999. 

Carla Schissel, left, of the Georgia Nurses’ Association, and David B. Gracy, II, archivist of the Southern Labor Archives, study a bound volume.

After leaving Georgia, Dr. Gracy continued his career as the Director of Archives at Texas Tech and spent nine years as State Archivist of Texas. He went on to become a beloved professor and practitioner of archives among the many students he taught at the University of Texas at Austin and later became the Governor Bill Daniel Professor Emeritus in Archival Enterprise in the School of Information.  In his professional endeavors he was a former President of the Society of American Archivists, the Academy of Certified Archivists, and Austin Archivists.  He was also a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Society and President of the Austin Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. 

Beyond his professional duties, he was a dedicated teacher, never wasting a chance to talk to current and future archivists.  He was an early leader in archival education with a focus on the importance of archives and the role they play in society.  Throughout his career, Dr. Gracy advocated for archivists to promote the understanding of archives and the archival profession.  Before leaving us, he completed one of his passion projects – a biography of one of his ancestors, George Washington Littlefield which was released earlier this year. 

We are saddened by Dr. Gracy’s loss. His influence will continue to shape the archival profession and Georgia State University’s Special Collections & Archives for years to come. 

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ERA: Absolutely Yes!: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Women’s Collections at GSU

The Georgia Women’s Movement Project Spring Event is held annually to highlight collections in the Georgia State University Library Women’s Collections, and to celebrate the lives of the unsung heroines of the women’s movement in Georgia.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Georgia State University Library’s Women’s Collections, the 2020 virtual event will focus on efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia. Cathey Steinberg, Anna Foote, and Gail Buckner will provide reminiscences, insights and wisdom.

Tuesday, September 22, 4:00-6:00 pm
Join us virtually: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87076474823

Gail Buckner
Gail Buckner has served two terms as President of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women. Prior to accepting the position as President of GFDW, Buckner served 16 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and one term in the Georgia Senate.  She was the Democratic Party of Georgia’s nominee for Secretary of State in 2006.

While serving in the General Assembly, Buckner received 10 Legislator of the Year awards.  She was twice recognized by the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition.  The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Science, and Technology Education Association of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Public Health Professionals are among those that have honored Buckner.

Gail is currently Co-Chair of 38 Agree for Georgia, a non-partisan organization dedicated to adding the ERA to the U.S. Constitution.  She is also serving as Third Vice President and Legislative Chair of the National Federation of Democratic Women.

Anna Foote
Anna Foote has been engaged in civic activities for over 25 years.  She is the former Chair of her in-town neighborhood association, Poncey-Highland, and was Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit-N for seven years.  She has been appointed to two City Boards by two Atlanta City Mayors; Invest Atlanta where she served for almost nine years and Little Five Points CID, where she is currently the Board Chair. Anna has served on a dozen non-profit boards.  She is the Deputy Director for HOPE Atlanta, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most successful social service agencies providing housing and emergency services to homeless in 15 metro Atlanta counties. 

Anna has worked or volunteered on over 30 local, State and National campaigns, in virtually every capacity, and is a graduate of two nationally-based campaign training programs.  She uses her experience to recruit and coach women who want to become civically engaged in their community, no matter their political orientation. 

In the early 1980s, Anna’s father, Bud Foote, wrote a number of pro-ERA songs that he performed with his daughter and his band – the Adamantly Egalitarian String and Reed Corp at ERA rallies around the Southeast.

Cathey Steinberg
Cathey W. Steinberg, born in 1942, is recognized and admired as a leader for women’s rights through her work in the Georgia House of Representatives (1977-1989 District 46 DeKalb County) where she was the primary sponsor of the 1981-1982 ERA legislation. She also served in the Georgia Senate (1991-1993 District 42). While in office, Steinberg introduced legislation which would minimize pressure on rape victims. Steinberg received a B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon Institute and a M.A. degree in guidance counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a consultant in public and community relations and marketing, and a frequent guest speaker and lecturer. From 1993 until June 1999, she was the managing partner for Ahead of the Curve, a public policy consulting and advocacy training firm. In July 1999, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Cathey Steinberg Georgia’s first Consumer Insurance Advocate. She left the post in March 2003.

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Highlighting five Georgia State scholars and their research on Race and Social Justice

A Book Talk Series Presented by the Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora and the University Library, in partnership with the Decatur Book Festival

The Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora (CSAD) and the Georgia State University Library have partnered with the Decatur Book Festival to highlight five Georgia State scholars with recently published books, each providing a unique lens on race and social justice issues.

As the nation reflects on the question of Christopher Columbus’s legacy in the month of October, it seems appropriate to share how Georgia State University faculty are exploring these issues. Over the first two weeks, three works will allow for conversation on intersections of Black and Native experiences in the United States. The series will next consider the role of apologies in the search for justice. The final conversation will return to the local setting with a specific look at Atlanta and its history as context for the current racial crisis in the city. 

Please register to join us for each of the conversations in this series.:

October 5 (Monday)

Featuring author Natsu Taylor Saito, Settler Colonialism: Race and the Law (2019) [Register]

October 12 (Monday)

Featuring author Gina Caison, Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies (2018) and Tiffany Lethabo King, The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies (2019) [Register]

October 19 (Monday)

Featuring author Andrew I. Cohen, Apologies and Moral Repair: Rights, Duties, and Corrective Justice (2020) [Register]

October 29 (Thursday)

Featuring author Maurice J. Hobson The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta (2017) [Register]

Each session will run from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT

CSAD was established  to increase worldwide understanding of the resilience of people from Africa and the African diaspora and their ongoing contributions in addressing contemporary issues with global implications.

Housed in the College of Arts & Sciences, the center supports academic initiatives, artistic efforts and public programming guided by a transdisciplinary framework which explores the engagements, worldviews and influences of African peoples on worldwide social, cultural, economic, health and political systems. Support CSAD

The University Library serves Georgia State University students, faculty, staff, and the greater Atlanta community, providing resources and services that enhance student learning and success, inspire creative expression, enable the creation of new knowledge, and facilitate informed dialogue. Support the University Library

The Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest independent book festivals in the country, encourages a love of reading, inquiry, and conversation in people of all ages, and builds an enthusiastic and inclusive community of readers and writers throughout the south, sparking social, creative, and intellectual engagement. The festival, which normally draws tens of thousands of people to downtown Decatur over the Labor Day weekend, has moved its 2020 programming online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Express pickup service available

Express pickup methods are just a few ways we’re making it easier and safer to get you the items you want.

The University Library offers an express pickup service with a variety of pickup types for students and faculty. Express Pickups are available from 10am – 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Newton and from 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday at Alpharetta and Atlanta. Service is dependent on available library staff to process requests and the GSU courier service schedule to transit materials among GSU campuses.

We’re working to keep pickup just as quick and convenient as circumstances will allow us.

Carry-out pickups are available at Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Newton. Curbside pickups are available at Atlanta, Clarkston, and Dunwoody. Outside walkup pickups are available at Atlanta’s C Lot.

Eligible Items for Express Pickup:

  • GSU inventory from general collection, browsing, DVDs, and some periodicals from storage. Exceptions for faculty and graduate students will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Interlibrary Loan and GIL Express items.

To schedule an express pickup and to read more visit: https://library.gsu.edu/services-and-spaces/borrowing-services/express-pickup-service/

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Dr. Diane L. Fowlkes, 1939-2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of a dear friend of the Georgia State University Library, Dr. Diane L. Fowlkes. Diane worked at Georgia State University for over 25 years, and was instrumental in establishing the Women’s Studies Institute (now the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies). She was also an avid supporter of the Women’s Collections in the Library’s Special Collections & Archives. Morna Gerrard, Women’s Collections Archivist, shares these words of reminiscence.

Diane L. Fowlkes received her B.A. in French language and literature from Southwestern at Memphis, her M.A. in political science from Georgia State University and her Ph.D. in political science from Emory University. The recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Diane attended the Open University in the United Kingdom, 1985-1986.  

Diane’s research and teaching interests included feminist theory, women and politics, and the scope of women’s studies. Her book, White Political Women: Paths from Privilege to Empowerment, was nominated for the Victoria Schuck Award for the best book on women and politics of the American Political Science Association. It was also nominated for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Award, the Elliott Rudwick Prize of the Organization of American Historians, and the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women’s History of the American Historical Association (1992).

Diane served as consultant for various groups, including the Cave Springs Georgia Housing Authority (1994) and the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women (1982-1985). She was also a reviewer of books and board member for a variety of journals and magazines. She was a member of the American Political Science Association, the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association. At Georgia State University, Diane served on a variety of panels including the University Senate (1995-1998) and the Committee on Faculty Women’s Concerns (1989-1992). In 1998, the year she retired from Georgia State, Diane was appointed Professor Emerita, and during the spring commencement of that year, she was honored with the University’s Exceptional Service Award. Post retirement, Diane worked on a semi-autobiographical novel, Jump

This is how I knew Diane:
During the 1990s, when dedicated women’s rights activists approached Georgia State University with a detailed plan to create a women’s archive (which became the Donna Novak Coles Georgia Women’s Movement Archives), Diane represented the Women’s Studies Institute in supporting their endeavors, and her support throughout the 25-year expansion of the Women’s Collections was unwavering. Diane donated her papers to the Archives and was interviewed for the Georgia Women’s Movement Oral History Project. She was also a very regular financial supporter of the Archives.

When I became archivist for the Women’s Collections in 2005, Diane had retired, but somehow we found each other and over the years we developed a strong and caring friendship. While Diane was still in good health, we met regularly for lunch at Rosa’s pizza, and talked about life, the women’s collections, women’s issues, and women in academia. When Diane could no longer drive downtown, I visited her at her town home and then at her assisted living home. During these visits, we would gather together a little more of her library or papers to donate to the archives, and we would laugh and complain a lot as we envisioned a world that was fair and equitable. We would also talk about Diane’s life and its relationship to her novel’s protagonist, Sophie.  

The Diane I knew was a wonderful woman. She was frank and grounded and hugely intelligent. She was dignified and humble, and she believed in justice and equality. I feel deeply privileged to have been able to be Diane’s friend during her more robust years and through the years when her health was failing. And I am humbled that she trusted me enough to be vulnerable during those later, challenging months. I, like so many others who knew and loved her, will miss her deeply.  

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Welcome Back! We’re committed to staying safe while supporting student success.

We’re committed to staying safe while supporting student success and facilitating research excellence. To succeed, we know we’ll need the cooperation and commitment of all members of our university community.

Here are some things you’ll need to know:

  • A valid PantherCard is required to enter the library.
  • Visitors may not enter unless permission is arranged in advance.
  • Face coverings are required in all public spaces, per the University’s mask policy.
  • Follow all social distancing signs and guidelines. Stay 6 feet apart.
  • Food must be consumed outside of library spaces.
  • Study rooms are for individual use only.
  • Tables are for individual use.

When you follow the items mentioned above, you’re protecting yourself, but equally important, you’re protecting other members of the university community. You’re showing you’re taking responsibility for the welfare of those around you.

Some things are going to be different but we are here for you, ready to support your academic success online and in the library.

To read more about library guidelines and policies visit: https://library.gsu.edu/about/visit-the-library/

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Access to Course Materials for Fall 2020

During the summer, the University has had access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, which provided access to scanned copies of many of the print volumes in the library. Under the terms of this access, we will no longer be able to provide access to this service once the building opens to students on August 24.

For the safety of our employees and students, we are not providing print course reserves this Fall Semester. Library faculty and staff are working hard to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection. A significant portion of the books on reserve are print copies of required textbooks and other materials frequently assigned for courses. Library employees have continuously explored approaches to how we acquire course materials to ensure that students have access in an online environment. This work is complicated by publishers who do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Many existing course materials are unavailable to any library, regardless of budget, in formats other than print. Publishers have built their profit models around selling course materials directly to students. We know that the cost of textbooks and other course materials are a barrier for students.

Despite the library’s desire to make copies of textbooks and course materials available to assist those students who are unable to purchase their own, the following publishers do not make e-book versions of their publications available to libraries:

  • Pearson
  • Cengage
  • McGraw Hill
  • Oxford University Press 
  • Many health sciences texts

Therefore, in courses that have adopted textbooks by these publishers, students who do not purchase or rent the book will not have any alternative access to the book via the library.

What are the alternatives?

Use Faculty Select: We are working with instructors to explore and find viable alternatives. Instructors can use Faculty Select to identify and adopt for class use:

  • Open educational resources (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors
  • Instructors can select existing multi-user, DRM-free e-books in the relevant subject area from the library’s e-book collection for course use. Or, instructors can request the library purchase one. Many academic e-books aren’t considered textbooks and are therefore available for the library to purchase.

Instructors are also encouraged to:

Any instructors teaching a fall course are also welcome to contact the library at any time for support with sourcing their course materials. Reach out to your librarian.

Thank you to our colleagues at the University of Guelph for documenting the challenges of purchasing ebooks. Text also adapted from Grand Valley State University.

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New Resource:  Faculty Select

Faculty members:  

As you prepare for Fall 2020’s blended learning model, you can enhance student success by reducing textbook costs with the library’s newest resource, Faculty Select. Faculty Select is a straightforward way to find unrestricted, online instructional materials at no cost to you or your students.    

Faculty Select features:  

  • Open Education Resources (OER) textbooks and monographs on a variety of subjects  
  • DRM-free ebooks that the library already owns   
  • DRM-free ebooks which you can recommend for library purchase  

Search Faculty Select via our A-Z database list. When you locate a title of interest, you can preview it, adopt it for your course, or ask the library to purchase it.   

To learn more, explore the Faculty Select Research Guide or watch this introductory video. If you have any questions about Faculty Select or other sources of free/low-cost resources for your students, please contact your librarian.  

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