The development of The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples was made possible due to the efforts and help of a lot of people.
On Kristi’s behalf, thank you to the University of Minnesota Libraries for a three month professional development leave in 2017-2018. Without this designated time to focus, the book would not have been possible in such a timely matter. Thanks to Claire Stewart for her support, the professional development leave review committee for their work to review the pool of applicants and make recommendations, and Wendy Pradt Lougee for making the decision to support my leave and the creation of the book.
We’d also like to thank Emma Molls, and the U of M Libraries Publishing Services unit, for helping guide us through the publishing process with patience and expertise (and helping us to finally release this book!).
Thanks to Sue Everson, our amazing copy editor, for her phenomenal work in reviewing all the chapters and improving their consistency and readability, and doing so quickly and happily. We hope to work with you again.
Many thanks to our initial reviewers, Rebecca Bichel, Maran Wolston, and Steven Bell for being the first readers of the book and offering their insights concerning affordable content and where this book fits in with that effort. Thank you your willingness to help us prepare this book for wider distribution.
And finally, most importantly, thanks to all the authors of the chapters of The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise and the details of your programs and efforts. You are the pioneers of affordable content, and we sincerely hope others learn from your excellent examples. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your contributions to this book and for your efforts to support student success and improve the lives of students everywhere.
Kristi and Shane