Open-sourcing learning resources in Management Department | Virginia Tech Daily | Virginia Tech

“[M]embers of the Management Department have coordinated with Anita Walz, assistant director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication librarian, to make a management degree more affordable. And they’ve done so, recently releasing Virginia Tech’s adaptation of “Strategic Management” as an open textbook….”

Implementing Affordable Educational Resources (AER) and Open Educational Resources (OER) | LSU Libraries News & Notes

“LSU Libraries offers numerous resources and services to help modify courses to make them AER/OER compliant. We offer:

More than 400,000 AER book options for faculty to adopt for courses:;
An online guide with information about the mandate and the support:;
Individualized consultation services provided by subject librarians for every discipline to help faculty navigate:
The resources available to identify and adopt high-quality OER/AER course material for each discipline;
Assistance obtaining this material and making it available;
Consultation about copyright considerations;
An institutional repository for hosting books and articles by LSU faculty; …”

University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature – UNC Press

“The Press and its partners, UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and the UNC Library, are pleased to make available 124 monographs, translations, and critical editions. This is the first time these works will be available as ebooks, which will be accessible in open access PDF and EPUB (with a few exceptions) formats, as well as in new paperback editions. The digital editions will be hosted on the Carolina Digital Repository, Project MUSE, JSTOR, OAPEN, and a number of other open access platforms….”

COPIM Experimental Publishing Workshop – Part 2: Promoting Experimental Publishing  · COPIM

“Following on from our previous post – summarising our discussion of inhibitions towards experimental publishing – this post looks at how we can stimulate experimentation, looking to understand how it can be encouraged within academic publishing and how some of the inhibitions described previously can be addressed. The following is a summary of our discussions.

Underlying our discussions were the following questions:

How can we stimulate the uptake of experimental publishing and the creation of experimental long-form publications, and the reuse of and engagement with OA books?

What projects/platforms/software do we need to be aware of and in touch with?

What strategies should we devise to stimulate experimentation and reuse?….”

Outreach and Support Coordinator | Library Innovation Lab

“We’re hiring an outreach and support coordinator to help us meet the exploding need for library-powered open educational resources and web archiving tools.

You’ll take the lead in sharing and supporting H2O, our platform for open legal textbooks and other resources. You’ll be the main point of contact for faculty using H2O at Harvard, and you’ll be deeply involved in our efforts to work with colleagues at other schools and libraries to support widespread use of H2O. You’ll also be working closely, in an editorial capacity, with a small number of faculty authors preparing print versions of their open textbooks.

In addition to your work on H2O, you’ll be an important part of the team working to support, our web archiving service, and to adapt it to critical new use cases, such as fact-checking and journalism….”

Economics of Scholarly Monographs | Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship

“There is ongoing tension between the desire of scholars to share their work widely and openly, and the need to fund the infrastructure and labor of publishing. One place in which this tension is most evident is in the sale of scholarly monographs. While they are a smaller fraction of scholarly communications volume, market, and readership — academic monographs continue to play an important role in the humanities (and in some qualitative social science) where they are understood to represent an important form of long-form scholarship — not readily expressible through journal-length publication; and a critical component of tenure and evaluation. 

To characterize the current state of the art and practices in the economics of scholarly monographs we developed this selective bibliography. …”

COVID-19 forces college libraries to quarantine textbooks, hitting low-income students

“During the spring, many publishers made access to digital course materials free to ease students’ transition into remote instruction. But that offer was temporary. At Santa Fe Community College, for example, students are still learning remotely and do not have access to print materials in the library.

Valerie Nye, library director at the community college, described her struggle to find a solution in a recent webinar hosted by the Association of College and Research Libraries. She described how her institution is now working with a company called BibliU to provide students with access to digital textbooks. She noted, however, that this is being funded by CARES Act federal stimulus funding and may not be a sustainable option for the library in the long term….

Allen and Gumb, who are proponents of open educational resources — freely accessible and openly copyrighted course materials — feel that this VitalSource offer isn’t sufficient.

“It’s a Band-Aid on a much bigger problem,” Allen said.

In the future, Gumb said she will be stepping up her advocacy efforts for OER, encouraging faculty members to develop their own course materials or adapt existing materials to their own needs….”