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Sometimes, despite all our efforts, projects fail. We’re here to tell you that’s okay. Last year, we came to NLA to report about the creation of our textbook pilot project. What we didn’t share was that we weren’t sure it would work out. We were optimistic, though. After all, we had plenty of evidence that said it would work: our literature review had examples of successful textbook programs. Our data showed textbook prices rising. We met with advisors across our campus who said students desperately needed textbooks to succeed. We had buy-in from library administrators, the bookstore, and student government but something just didn't click. In this program, we share the top reasons why we think our textbook pilot project failed, how the lessons learned during our pilot helped as UNO Libraries created an Open Educational Resource initiative, and why failure should always be embraced throughout your organization.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize failure as an opportunity, not a threat
  • Assess their own failing projects
  • Apply re-envisioning techniques to their own projects


This presentation was given at the Nebraska Library Association at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker in Lincoln, NE.