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AMP Celebrates $1 Million in Textbook Savings

At the conclusion of the Spring 2021 semester, the Affordable Materials Project (AMP) reached an important milestone well worth celebrating: since Spring 2018, AMP e-book matching has potentially saved students more than $1 million on course materials!

If you are a new student at Villanova this year, or if you haven’t heard of the program, AMP is a joint effort between the Provost’s Office, CASA, the University Bookstore, and the Library. As a part of its initiatives to encourage cost savings for course materials, AMP provides for library access to e-books that are assigned as course materials for Villanova students.

The AMP committee continues to work to deliver additional titles for the Fall 2021 semester. If you are enrolled in a course with an assigned text available in the AMP program, you should receive an email with more information about accessing the e-book via the Library. Be sure to check out the AMP resources for students page to see if your text is available and save yourself some money while gaining online access to the materials you need to succeed in your coursework.

We hope as many students as possible are able to benefit from the AMP e-book matching program for their courses, and some of you may receive a survey later this Fall asking about your engagement with the program so that we can better understand AMP’s impact across the University.

Have a productive, healthy, and memorable Fall semester!

 


John Banionis

John Banionis is the Metrics & Assessment Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 



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Students Save Money with AMP eBooks

As we welcome our students back to campus, Falvey Memorial Library wants to make sure that students are aware of the Affordable Materials Program (AMP), a joint effort between the Provost’s Office, CASA, the University Shop, and the Library. As a part of its initiatives to encourage cost savings for course materials, AMP provides for library access to e-books that are assigned as course materials for Villanova students.

Since Spring 2018, the Library has purchased more than 400 unlimited-seat e-books for AMP. Taking student enrollment in classes with AMP e-books multiplied by the bookstore used price for the same textbook yields a potential total student savings of over $700,000 since the program started!

 

AMP ROI

 

Usage has been very strong for AMP titles in each semester across all disciplines, with significant spikes recorded in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 due to a few very popular titles. From the Library’s perspective, when purchased e-books are reused in courses in future semesters, the return on the initial investment continues to build over time and the number of AMP titles offered per semester grows.

 

AMP Usage

 

The AMP committee has been working hard to deliver additional titles for the Fall 2020 semester. If you are enrolled in a course with an assigned text available in the AMP program, you should have received an email with more information about accessing the e-book via the Library. Be sure to check out the AMP resources for students page to see if your text is available and save yourself some money while gaining online access to the materials you need to succeed in your coursework.

Have a great fall semester and stay healthy–wear your mask, social distance, and let’s all succeed together!

 


John Banionis

John Banionis is the Metrics & Assessment Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 



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The Results Are In! Falvey Library Community Survey Report

Think back to a time when we were dashing across campus, dodging snow flurries and picking up a coffee at Holy Grounds before catching a game at the Pavilion. Given how much our daily routines have changed so dramatically and so quickly, it’s hard to believe that it was also only 3 months ago that Falvey Library was circulating surveys to our faculty and a random sampling of students to gain feedback and insights about how Falvey can better serve the Villanova community. We asked questions about study spaces, events, physical collections, in-person research consultations, and your interactions with the library building. Oh, how things have changed!

Though we’re still in the midst of adjusting to our remote work, remote research, and remote learning realities, all of us at Falvey wanted to take a moment to thank the Villanova community for completing our survey in February and March. We were thrilled to learn that you were extremely satisfied with our services overall, that the survey revealed library services you may not have been aware of, and that you were able to provide helpful feedback on potential new services. Most importantly, during our time away from campus, so many of us have been able to take advantage of the extensive electronic resources that Falvey offers, from eBooks to eJournals to Databases, ILL requests, and online research consultations with our librarians. Though our building is currently closed, Falvey has continued to provide Villanova with high-quality electronic resources and virtual research support that our community needs to continue to thrive as a leading research institution.

Highlights

Among the highlights of the survey results, we found that more than 40% of undergraduates were not aware that Falvey procures seamless electronic access to scholarly journal articles for the Villanova community. While on Villanova’s network on campus, clicking on a journal article from a Google search result will likely deliver you to that article on the publisher’s platform. However, with more of us working and studying off-campus, that same click might present you with a paywall and ask you to log in or purchase pay-per-view access. To avoid this dead end, you can perform the same search from the library homepage and then log in with your Villanova credentials when prompted, or for faculty and staff, log in to Villanova’s VPN for IP authentication via the publisher.

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2020 Undergraduate Community Survey

 

Electronic resource subscriptions account for the largest piece of Falvey’s collections budget, but this investment is well-founded as usage of these resources (articles/chapters/video views) is extremely high:

2020 Usage

Comments (we do have books!)

When we asked about what you did when you visited the library building, we received a lot of comments about checking out books as well as questions about why we didn’t ask about books. In order to keep the survey as brief as possible, we had grouped this in a single option about using our collections: “Use/borrow the general print, A/V, or electronic collections”. Rest assured, we have lots of books, we value books, and we will continue cultivating our print book collection for years to come.

At the same time, we are also thinking about library space needs, a potential renovation, and future planning for operating in times of coronavirus and beyond. When access to our physical collection becomes limited, we’re especially grateful to have electronic versions of many of the same print books available via remote access.

Service Highlights

Among our many service offerings, some of the most popular and valued library services included Interlibrary Loan/EZ-Borrow and the Affordable Materials Project.

2020 Faculty Importance

2020 Graduate Student Importance

 

Undergrad Importance

Coming Soon

We also asked our faculty and graduate students about their research, publication, and digital scholarship needs, which will inform the offerings of Falvey’s brand new Digital Scholarship Lab (construction nearly complete) to be led by our Digital Scholarship Librarian, Erica Hayes. Faculty with copyright or publication questions can also utilize the expertise of our new Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sarah Wipperman. Additionally, we asked faculty about their familiarity with Open Educational Resources, which aligns with the new OER Grant sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Next Steps

I’ll be providing another update as the Fall Semester approaches on some of the changes Falvey will have implemented as a result of this survey. If you have any additional feedback for the library, or if you would be interested in participating in future focus groups, please let us know!


John Banionis

John Banionis is the Metrics & Assessment Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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