UMass Amherst Libraries Statement on Textbooks | UMass Amherst Libraries

“As fall semester 2020 approaches, library, faculty, and staff are working to provide alternative access to print course reserves. To support instructors and students over the next several months, we are utilizing different approaches to how we acquire course textbooks to ensure that students have access to needed resources in alternative learning environments.  

The cost of textbooks and other course materials are a barrier for students at every university. To avoid fees, some students don’t purchase textbooks, instead, they use a copy on reserve. A significant portion of print books on reserve are required textbooks, which students are unable to use without coming into the library building. Complicating this work are textbook publishers, who often do not make electronic formats available to libraries for purchase as they have built their business models around selling e-textbooks directly to students.  …

Due to these constraints, we are working with faculty and instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives, including: …

Adopting open educational resources (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors. …”

Commercial Textbooks Present Challenges in a Virtual Environment | Library

“As we approach the fall 2020 semester, library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection. …However, this work is hampered by textbook publishers who do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries in any other format than print. …

We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives, including…Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors….”

Commercial Textbooks Present Challenges in a Virtual Environment | Library

“As we approach the fall 2020 semester, library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection. …However, this work is hampered by textbook publishers who do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries in any other format than print. …

We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives, including…Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors….”

IOPN to launch textbook series with titles by Wong, Wolske

“The Illinois Open Publishing Network is excited to announce the upcoming release of two open access textbooks, Instruction in Libraries and Information Centers: An Introduction by Laura Saunders and iSchool Adjunct Lecturer Melissa A. Wong and A Person-Centered Guide to Demystifying Technology by iSchool Teaching Assistant Professor Martin Wolske. These textbooks represent the first in the Windsor & Downs Press series OPN Textbooks, which seeks to publish high-quality open access textbooks for higher education across the disciplines. …”

Project aims to alleviate textbook costs for university students in Atlantic Canada | CBC News

“The Council of Atlantic University Libraries provided the initial investment with the hopes of creating a free online public domain for hosting and publishing open educational resources, meaning post-secondary students would have access to online textbooks, videos, digital images and supplemental materials. …”

Open Textbook Network to Change Name to ‘Open Education Network’ – Open Education Network

“This summer, the Open Textbook Network (open.umn.edu/oen) is changing its name to the Open Education Network (OEN), a change that better reflects the broad scope of the community.

Looking ahead, the OEN will focus on building open educational practices to support faculty in contributing to their field by sharing and improving open educational resources. This will be accomplished through programmatic support for the work faculty, librarians and others are doing to strengthen their open education programs, including open pedagogy—the engagement of students as creators of open educational resources (OER).

The OEN will also lead the development of faculty disciplinary communities of practice, and partner with organizations to localize and customize OER.

The Open Textbook Library will continue to be a comprehensive global resource for openly licensed textbooks….”

On the Impossibility of the Community-based Production of Learning Content – iterating toward openness

“This means that “we’ve still not really cracked a community based production model for learning content” is likely a dramatic understatement of the problem. There’s a good argument to be made that a community based production model for learning content isn’t actually possible. Yes, it might be possible to set up a system where some people will contribute small pieces of learning content to a repository, but for the reasons described above those small pieces will never see adoption at scale due to problems relating to integration and coherence. And we should consider any production model that results in the creation of learning content that goes unused to be a failed model.”

6/24 Textbook Heroes: Growing an Open Education Initiative Through Recognition and Gratitude – YouTube

“Communication plays a central role in acknowledging and educating communicates about affordability barriers faced by students and the potential of OER. In early 2019, KU Libraries launched an initiative called “Textbook Heroes” to express gratitude for advocacy and innovation in course materials affordability at the University of Kansas. Textbook Heroes are members of the KU community who’ve taken extraordinary initiative to increase access to and affordability of required course materials by implementing and advocating for OER and other low and no cost course materials. Find out how a librarian and a communications manager collaborated to build a low cost, high impact program, and hear from a hero instructor who’s saving KU students a quarter million per year.

Presenters: Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communication Librarian, KU Libraries; LeAnn Meyer, Communications Manager, KU Libraries; Meggie Mapes, Introductory Course Director, KU Communication Studies….”