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Affordable Learning $olutions:

Webinar Series for Sharing

Campus Initiatives and

Vendor Services

Welcome! Please introduce yourself to others by entering your name, title, and campus in the chat window.

If you have any technical issues, send a chat to Brett Christie

al webinar 1 agenda
AL$ Webinar #1 Agenda
  • Welcome and AL$ Overview (Hanley, 10 mins)
  • AL$ Efforts and Outcomes @ CSUDH (Moy, 10 mins)
  • Vendor Presentation, CaféScribe (Pisney, 15 mins)
  • Joys and Concerns About Your AL$ efforts (Hanley, 15 mins)
  • Emerging Needs and Next Steps (Hanley, 5 mins)
  • Summary and Next Meeting’s Agenda (Hanley, 5 mins)
  • Making It Easier To Find
  • Alternative Content
  • Tools
  • Technologies
  • Policies
  • Marketing & deployment strategies
CSU Provides System Access to No- and Low-Cost Textbook Alternatives
  • Open Textbooks: Over 2,000 FREE online textbooks are available through the AL$ website
  • CSU Library eBooks: CSU systemwide electronic library collections provide students FREE access to eBooks
  • Faculty-Authored Materials: Published and distributed in a variety of ways
  • Lower Cost Publisher eTextbooks: Digital rentals in the CSU
About Digital Textbooks in the CSU
  • Digital textbooks cost 45%-55% less than new print textbook prices
  • 33% of CSU students prefer digital textbooks
  • 1% of all titles sold in CSU bookstores are digital textbooks

There is an unmet demand in the marketplace

Digital Rentals: Design Principles
  • Lessons learned from CSU research
  • Choice
  • Price
  • Convenience
  • Accessibility
  • …..Are Key Success Factors
Digital Rentals: Here’s the Deal
  • Agreement on 3 key areas:
  • Price: 60% off new print textbook prices
      • Publishers choose the titles they will offer
  • Marketing: CSU and vendors will collaborate on raising awareness, comfort, and competencies in using digital textbooks
  • Accessibility: Vendors will provide the CSU a roadmap for improving the accessibility of their eReaders
Digital Rentals: Who’s Playing?
  • Vendors Serve all CSU Campuses
  • CourseSmart: Independent bookstores
  • Café Scribe: Follett bookstores
  • NookStudy: Barnes & Noble bookstores
  • Cengage Learning: 27% of higher ed market
  • Today’s Partner Presenting:
  • Café Scribe: Follett bookstores
  • Presenter: Liz Pisney
Digital Rentals: What’s the Schedule?
  • Spring-Summer 2012: Faculty/Staff-focused activities
  • March 6-7 Workshop at Chancellor’s Office
  • April 14 CSU Conference on Teaching
  • Webinars by CSU campuses & vendors
  • Supporting Campus AL$ Initiatives
  • Fall 2012: Student-focused activities
  • Campus Outreach: Student awareness of choice
  • Cal State Student Association communication program
  • CSU Public Affairs program
Digital Rentals: Student Savings
  • If 1/3 of CSU students choose 1 digital rental per semester instead of a new $100 print textbook…..
  • CSU students will save about $17 Million in 2012-13
campus showcase dominguez hills
Campus Showcase: Dominguez Hills
  • Naomi Moy, Director, Reference Services
  • Chief Conspirator, ALS @ CSUDH
csudh al summary
CSUDH AL$ Summary
  • 127 Faculty Participants 2010-2012
  • 106 Faculty Participants AY 2011-2012 with faculty representation from all colleges
  • Potential student savings Fall 2010 – Fall 2011: $490,666 for 147 courses, 6,918 students
  • Bookstore savings to students, Fall 2010 – Spring 2012: $808,949
the beginning stages
The Beginning Stages
  • Planning and Discussions: CSU, Provost, Library, Dean’s Council; Bookstore; Campus Information Technology, Technology Advisory Committee, Academic Senate & Senate Executive Committee
  • Bringing AL$ to faculty via college-specific workshops, special grant project, and departmental meetings
  • Emails to faculty introducing AL$
lighting the fire
Lighting the Fire
  • Bookstore finds rentals and offers rentals even when CSUDH is the only Follett campus to offer a title.
  • Library matches its e-Resources to class required textbooks and notifies faculty
  • Faculty make specific search requests
  • AL$ webpage, especially AL$ Faculty Showcase(
faculty recognition
Faculty Recognition
  • Faculty Showcase with individual faculty pages listing resources and links to resource used
  • 2011 and 2012 Faculty Recognition Receptions with certificates of recognition/appreciation given to each participant
  • Also provide personally addressed invitations, emails, etc.
our primary resources
Our Primary Resources
  • Library focus on resources free to students
  • Ebrary e-books
  • EBSCO e-books
  • Publisher direct e-books
  • Articles from subscription databases
  • OERs found in MERLOT
  • Also low-cost books or digital books with value-added online resources.
campus grants
Campus Grants
  • Campus supported additional resources with award of two lottery grants and Presidential Creative Initiative Program providing $50,000 for purchase of electronic resources and $11,000 for 15 iPads for student check-out
  • CSUDH AL$ project can be found at
what is cafescribe
What is CafeScribe?
    • One platform providing content from over 85 publishing partners
  • Over 25,000 titles
  • Custom publishing opportunities
  • For sale in-store, online and affiliate sites
  • Free web-based eReader
  • Interact with the text:
    • read
    • highlight
    • notes
    • search
  • Create custom study guides with Snap Summary
  • Interact with other users – community notes
  • Downloadable offline version
ease of mobility
Ease of Mobility
  • Web browser-based platform
    • Anywhere, anytime access
  • Device independent
    • Can be used on any web-enabled device:
      • Macs and PCs
      • iOS and Android tablets and smart phones
  • Option to download
    • Can download book to a computer for offline studying
cafescribe rent digital
CafeScribe Rent Digital

Rental (Subscription)

  • Students can access the digital book for a predetermined rental period (e.g., 180 days)
  • The rental period starts when the book is activated
  • All notes and highlights remain available even when the rental period has expired

CafeScribe Digital Book Ticket PadsDigital Rent

technical support
Technical Support
  • 24/7 Technical Support available at
joys concerns about your al activities
Joys & Concerns About Your AL$ Activities

Sharing your experiences of what’s working and not working is very helpful for all of us to continuously improve our AL$ services

  • What activities are bringing joy to you, your faculty, your students, your students’ parents, and/or your staff?
  • What activities are bringing less than positive experiences to you, your faculty, your students, your students’ parents, and/or your staff?
emerging needs and next steps
Emerging Needs and Next Steps
  • Summarize what the Chancellor’s Office might do to address campus needs.
  • Summarize what campuses might do to address AL$ program needs
next csu al webinar
Next CSU AL$ webinar
  • June 28, 2012 from 12:00 – 1:00p
    • Campus feature on Pomona
    • Vendor feature on Cengage Learning
    • More updates regarding CSU AL$ support
    • Further dialog regarding your needs toward making a CSU education more affordable