Vol. 6 No. 1 (2021): Journal of New Librarianship
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Boosting Student Success and Reducing Inequalities with Free Access to Course Materials

Cheryl Cuillier
University of Arizona
Published June 14, 2021
Keywords
  • OER,
  • textbooks,
  • course materials,
  • affordability,
  • student success,
  • COVID-19
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How to Cite
Cuillier, C. (2021). Boosting Student Success and Reducing Inequalities with Free Access to Course Materials. Journal of New Librarianship, 6(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.33011/newlibs/10/1

Abstract

Research shows that COVID-19 has exacerbated student challenges and inequalities. One of the most impactful ways the University of Arizona Libraries foster student success and reduce inequities is through our course material initiatives: providing students with free day-one access to required materials. We are seeing greater demand for online resources, which can be challenging for academic libraries to provide. Our approach leverages campus partnerships, advocacy and education, and a “do-it-yourself” model supplemented with one-on-one assistance as needed. These practices can be replicated at other libraries with limited resources.