UPDATE: In March and April 2016, UK Libraries invited faculty to apply for a grant in support of the adoption of an alternative textbook or open course resources as a replacement to traditional commercial textbooks. There were 20 outstanding proposals and the Faculty Senate Library Committee has selected the following submissions for the grant awards.
Recipient Name (in alphabetical order of last name)
Department and College
|Melody Danley||Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Ben Goff||Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment|
|Patrick Lee Lucas||School of Interiors, College of Design|
|Edward Mark||Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Carol Mason||Department of Gender and Women's Studies, College of Arts and Science|
|Jennifer Osterhage||Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Stephanie Reynolds||School of Information Science, College of Communication and Information|
|Allison Soult||Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences|
|Helen Turner||School of Interiors, College of Design|
|Robin Vanderpool||Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health|
|Sarah Welling||College of Law|
Details of the Program and the selection criteria are noted in the announcement below.
Stay tuned for a new round of the Program. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact Mary Beth Thomson.
UK Libraries invites faculty to apply for a grant in support of the adoption of an alternative textbook or open course resources as a replacement to traditional commercial textbooks. Funding will be awarded for 10 grants of up to $1,500 each to provide faculty with support to transition to alternative textbooks, open course resources, or licensed information resources. Faculty can find such resources by
Ready to apply? Click here to access the proposal form. The application deadline is April 29, 2016.
The Alternative Textbook Grant Program’s aim is first to reduce students’ financial burden of expensive textbooks and second to provide support for faculty members interested in identifying and assigning less costly textbooks, open course resources, or UK Libraries’ licensed information resources.
According to the College Board, the average student spends $1,298 per year on textbooks and supplies as an in-state/on-campus student at a public four-year university. New textbooks prices increased by a total of 82 percent from 2002 to 2012.
Studies also indicate the financial burden of expensive textbooks impacts a university student’s ability to purchase required textbooks and therefore their overall success in class. In the January 2014 Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives survey, results indicate that “65% of all respondents said that they had decided against buying a textbooks because it was too expensive” and that “[n]early half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many/which classes they took each semester.”
UK Libraries is committed to working with faculty to identify and provide access to alternative textbooks and to changing the nature of scholarly communication. In addition to funding support, UK Libraries’ academic liaisons are available for consultations on identifying alternative textbooks and open course resources. UK Libraries’ academic liaisons will also work with faculty to provide access to the selected alternative textbook, open course resources, or UK Libraries’ licensed information resources.
All current UK faculty teaching a course in the calendar year 2017 and are currently assigning a commercial textbook.
Proposal Application Process:
Alternative Textbook Grant Program proposals should be submitted using an online form. Faculty will be asked to provide:
Review Procedure and Criteria:
Faculty Senate Library Committee will review the grant proposals. Criteria to be considered include:
Award recipients will have to submit a report that describes the new alternative textbook, open course resource, or UK Libraries’ licensed information resource selected, the number of students impacted, estimated student’s savings, and a short evaluation of their experience identifying and implementing the alternative textbook.
Outcomes of program awards will be shared with UK community through various media outlets.
Alternative Textbook Grant Program Contacts:
Director of Digital Scholarship
University of Kentucky Libraries
Mary Beth Thomson
Senior Associate Dean
University of Kentucky Libraries