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Textbooks and Tacos: Bring Your Laptop and an Appetite on January 17

Have you felt overwhelmed by the cost of course materials and options for getting the books you need? You’re not alone. Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5-6 p.m. in Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner, located on the first floor, to share tips with your peers and to learn how Falvey Library can help. Nicole Daly, Social Sciences librarian, and Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, are hosting “Textbooks and Tacos” to explore different ways to save money on class materials. Bring your laptop and an appetite so you can use your newfound knowledge to check out options for sourcing your course materials with a librarian’s assistance.  This event, sponsored by Falvey Library is free and open to the Villanova Community!



Affordable Materials Project Listening Tour Results Announced

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The Affordable Materials Project in conjunction with Subject Librarians went on a Listening Tour to learn about faculty course materials practices, challenges, and concerns.  During the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022, AMP members and librarians spoke with faculty teaching high enrollment, introductory courses that typically use commercial textbooks.

We had conversations about how textbooks and homework systems are chosen and used and what services might promote the use of high-quality, low-cost textbooks and open educational resources (OER).   The Listening Tour’s findings and recommendations are now available here.


Open Educational Resources At Villanova: Upcoming Events

Interested in learning more about Open Educational Resources (OER)? Be sure to check out three upcoming virtual events sponsored by the Affordable Materials Project and Falvey Memorial Library.

Best Practices for Course Materials Adoption Workshop

Monday, March 15, at 4 p.m.

Faculty are invited to join Linda Hauck, Business Librarian, Falvey Memorial Library, and Bernadette Mania, Course Materials Manager, Villanova University Bookstore, for a virtual workshop on selecting course materials. Get answers to your questions about course packs, copyright, and e-reserves. Learn about the effort to provide electronic copies of course texts as well as resources to help lessen the financial burden of textbooks/course materials on students without sacrificing quality. 

Please REGISTER at the following link:

Faculty OER Adoption Award Forum

Thursday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

Join us in celebrating five faculty members awarded OER Faculty Adoption Grants for 2020-21 in a virtual forum. Faculty will share their insights into the benefits and challenges posed by redesigning their courses using free, openly licensed textbooks. Students will share feedback on using OER. This event is perfect for faculty considering or curious about OER and everyone interested in educational affordability, accessibility, and inclusivity.

 Please REGISTER at the following link:

Course Materials Assistance Programs at Villanova Workshop

Wednesday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m.

Existing and emerging financial limitations, COVID-19, and the pivot to online learning has exposed challenges that many students face securing the course materials they need to succeed. This workshop is for faculty and academic support staff to learn about strategies and resources available across the university to reference whenever a student discloses being in need of course materials. The workshop will run for approximately 30 minutes with time for Q&A afterwards.

Please REGISTER at the following link:


Questions? Contact Linda Hauck, Business Librarian. For more information about the Affordable Materials Project, please visit:



Last Modified: March 12, 2021

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