EMU’s Women in Philanthropy granted $5,000 to purchase library e-book versions of titles requested by EMU faculty and lecturers for use with upcoming classes. The library used an online form to solicit requests and purchased those titles that were available in library e-book format. The WIP Grant provided options for students in many Summer and Fall 2015 classes. Usage statistics showed heavy use of the e-books, including more than 1853 user sessions and 173 book or chapter downloads. Surveys of faculty and student participants showed overall enthusiasm for use of library e-books in classes and only minor technical problems in using the e-books. The project also allowed library faculty to evaluate e-book platforms and format options and to refine support for library e-books used in courses.
Pittsley-Sousa, Kate, "Making a 'Dent" in the Textbook Problem: Library E-Books for Course Readings: A Collaboration Between Department Faculty and the EMU Library" (2016). University Library Faculty Scholarship. Paper 21.