Let the Students Speak: Using a Student Survey to Promote Textbook Affordability
When making a case for textbook affordability, student voices can attract the campus spotlight and present a compelling argument in a way that librarians cannot do alone. From small-scale projects on a single campus to elaborate, multi-institutional studies, many academic libraries have amplified the words of students by conducting a textbook survey and sharing the results widely. In this roundtable session, we invite both librarians who have conducted a survey in the past and those still in early stages to join us and discuss ideas, logistics, struggles, and successes of surveys in their own local contexts.
- Identify best practices and pitfalls that will help you to conduct an effective student textbook survey on your campus or in partnership with multiple institutions.
- Discuss strategies in survey development and promotion that increase response rate from historically marginalized and underrepresented voices.
- Consider potential partners who could help support your project through survey promotion, data collection, analysis, and results sharing in your local context.
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Conforte, Laura A. and Elmquist, Mary, "Let the Students Speak: Using a Student Survey to Promote Textbook Affordability" (2023). ILS Scholarship. 12.