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ACRL/SPARC Forum: Emerging “Inclusive Access” Programs and Their Implications for Course Material Affordability


Join us for the free, virtual ACRL/SPARC Forum “Emerging “Inclusive Access” Programs and Their Implications for Course Material Affordability” at 1:00 p.m. Eastern/12:00 p.m. Central/11 a.m. Mountain/10 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, August 4, 2022.


Thursday, August 4th, 2022

In an effort to make course materials more affordable and accessible, many campuses are experimenting with "Inclusive Access" programs. Designed by the textbook industry, Inclusive Access is a sales model that adds the cost of digital course content into students’ tuition and fees. While the advertised benefits of these programs have been widely promoted, there are also drawbacks for students and faculty that deserve equal attention concerning affordability, course material accessibility, and student data privacy.

This ACRL/SPARC Forum webcast will explore these emerging Inclusive Access programs and offer suggestions for libraries on how to thoroughly examine their legal, financial, and ethical implications—and how to center student needs and voices in these conversations. Register now.


  • Robert Butterfield, Director, Instructional Resources, University of Wisconsin Stout  
  • Rebecca Karoff, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas System
  • Christine Mompoint, Student Activist, Young Invincibles 
  • Moderator: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC


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