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Against the grain V35#6

We just came through a brutal (by South Carolina standards) cold snap on the heels of the flooding we experienced just before the December/January issue.  I’m looking forward to the forecast for warmer weather to come next week, and keeping my fingers crossed that Punxsutawney Phil will have something good to report from his shadow.  After all, “Oh wind, if winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” (quote from Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the theme of the 2018 Charleston Conference!)

We’re very excited about this issue on open educational resources, open textbooks, and other ways that libraries are helping students succeed and save money.  This issue was based on a panel presentation that was presented at ACRL 2023 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Our editor Leah Hinds attended the session and knew this was something we needed to cover in Against the Grain.  The panel included projects from a range of institution types and sizes that were all focused on textbook affordability.  Our guest editors were all panelists from that presentation!

Our thanks go to Stephanie Warden (University of Wisconsin – Superior), Jennifer E. M. Cotton (University of Maryland), Theresa Carlson and Brittany Blanchard (Northern Arizona University, Cline Library) for putting together this fantastic collection of featured articles.  In addition to reporting on their own projects, they also included a conversation about the Open Education Week Authorship Panel, 2023, and a “Top Textbooks in Review” look back at a decade’s worth of textbook affordability programs.

This issue also includes a fascinating interview with David Myers, CEO of the Data Licensing Alliance and CEO of DMedia Associates, conducted by Darrell Gunter of Gunter Media Group, and Matthew Ismail tells us about a wide-ranging conversation with Paul Killoran, CEO of Ex Ordo, on ATG the Podcast in his “People to Know” column.  There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get cracking!  Love, Yr.Ed.  

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