November 26, 2015

Conference Presentation Video: “E-Textbook Initiatives In Libraries And IT Organizations”

The video embedded below was recorded at the CNI Spring Meeting 2014 held in St. Louis, March 31-April 1.

Session  Abstract (via CNI)

A lot of attention has recently been paid to library publishing initiatives around scholarly works and research. Less attention however has been given to work that is happening in both libraries and information technology (IT) organizations around publishing of e-textbooks and other instructional resources. These materials take a number of different formats: some are open, some involve copyrighted material, they use a number of different technical platforms with a number of different affordances. This panel will illustrate some of the variety of different initiatives occurring around the country on e-textbook publishing in libraries and IT. The presentation will highlight the available opportunities and the progress being made as well as the challenges. Despite these challenges the session will include an argument for an increased role of both libraries and IT organizations in publication of original instructional materials in the form of e-textbooks.


Glenda Morgan
Director of Academic Technology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Pat Reid
Manager, Teaching and Learning Initiatives
Purdue University

Todd Grappone
Associate University Librarian Digital Initiatives and Information Technology
University of California, Los Angeles

Milind Basole
Lead, eText Initiatives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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