May 23, 2022

A George Washington University “Library Campaign Shares Students’ Stories About Course Material Affordability”

From The Hatchet:

Gelman Library staff launched a “Postcard Campaign” at the start of this semester to offer students the chance to create cards detailing their struggles with affording textbooks and other course items by showing other items they could have purchased, like food, with the money spent on course materials. Gelman officials said the postcards will raise awareness about textbook affordability and open educational resources, which are free to access and use.

Geneva Henry, the dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, said staff is asking students to complete postcards at the beginning of the semester about what sacrifices they have made to afford course materials and how the money could have been spent. Staff is promoting the campaign at Gelman and outside the Marvin Center, she said.


Adriene Lim, the dean of libraries at the University of Maryland, said Gelman staff’s efforts to help students with course material costs are “impressive,” adding that the library serves as a model for others to follow suit.

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