May 16, 2022

Sussex University has always taken a very selective approach to eTextbook adoption, with a clear policy as to where deployment would qualify.

Rather than see them as a solution to the eBooks crisis, we endeavour to fully explore other, more sustainable options instead, developing strategies AND improving digital skills and awareness of licensing issues along the way.

This talk will cover how we’ve addressed the increased demand for online resources and the well documented problems with eBook provision, while cutting our eTextbook spend in the process.

Rachel Bramley

Rachel Bramley is a Learning and Teaching Librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of Sussex Library.  She is responsible for Reading Lists (using Talis Aspire) and supervises the team who review them.  Rachel has provided teaching sessions to all departments on academic & research skills, she was the Online Distance Learning Librarian for a year at its outset, and in 2019-20 she worked on the CRIS project, implementing Elements across the institution.

Ioannis Valiakos

Ioannis Valiakos is an Academic Services Supervisor in the Academic Services Department of the University of Sussex. He is a member of the Online Reading Lists team, working closely with tutors to enhance the availability and accessibility of teaching resources, with an aim to improve the learning experience of students. Ioannis has delivered numerous 1-2-1 and group training sessions on Talis Aspire Online Reading Lists to tutors across all disciplines of the University of Sussex and works closely with the Etextbooks group in the Library to investigate titles and options for access and delivery.