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; …”

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….”

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….”

Open Peer Review: Part 2.2 Open Data

“The lead editorial team for Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Culture: Law, Economics, and Publishing (ACRL, forthcoming 2021) is happy to launch the open peer review process for Parts 1 and 2 of the book with the Open Data section, edited by Brianna Marshall. We’re rolling these sections out as they’re ready rather than sequentially, so reviewers will benefit from taking a look at information about Part 1 and other sections of Part 2 to understand how this section relates to the others, and the whole. As with all the Part 2 section editors, Brianna has assembled a stellar group of contributors, and we’re deeply grateful to all of them for sharing their knowledge and time to help the book be the best resource it can be. Now you have the opportunity to contribute to that goal by providing feedback on their draft. Brianna introduces the section and guiding questions below, along with links to the drafts and info for reviewers. The big guidance we want to reinforce is to be the reviewer you wish you had by providing thoughtful critical feedback without berating or belittling. -Josh, Maria, and Will …”

Book – OER + ScholComm

“The OER+SC project team of Maria, Will, and Josh are in active development of an openly-licensed introduction to our profession, to be published by ACRL in 2021. Scholarly Communication and Open Culture was conceived as an open textbook of scholarly communication librarianship, which we hope may be a vehicle to increase instruction on SC topics in LIS programs, as well as serve as a resource for continuing education. The idea of the book was the cornerstone of our initial collaboration, and we’ve discussed it with and benefited from feedback from so many valued colleagues and mentors, so it’s very exciting to see it coming to fruition.

The book will consist of three Parts. Part 1 defines scholarly communication and scholarly communication librarianship, and provides an introduction to the social, economic, technological, and legal backgrounds that underpin and shape scholarly communication work in libraries. Part 2 begins with an introduction to “open”, broadly conceived. We’re privileged to be working with four amazing section editors, who are developing sections on different permutations and practices of open. Read more about them and their vision for their sections below: …”

Promoting Open Access Through Accessible Open Textbooks

“On the eve of International Open Access Week October 19-25, 2020, Koneru Bhaskara Rao & Hemalata Human Development Foundation <> and Open Access India <> are jointly organising a live event on “Promoting Open Access Through Accessible Open Textbooks “, in line with the theme of OA Week, 2020 “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”. The interactive live event will enable the participants to gain knowledge about Open Access and accessible Indian open textbooks (to be) created on Pressbooks (Open book publishing platform). Please submit the form to express your participation interest.”

Pandemic Amplifies Trouble with Restrictive Licensing and E-Textbooks – SPARC

“Students who can’t afford to buy textbooks have long relied on reserve copies at their campus libraries. As the global pandemic shuttered colleges and universities, it also cut off access to these print learning materials. Many students and faculty members asked the next logical question: Why can’t the library just provide a digital copy?

It’s not so simple. Many publishers will only sell e-books directly to students – not libraries – and licensing fees have been jacked up. The industry claims that selling digital copies to libraries will cannibalize the e-book market….

In a shot across the bow, the University of Guelph Library in Canada posted a statement on its website explaining how publishers have limited their ability to serve students in need….

Guelph staff decided to name names, listing the publishers unwilling to sell the library e-textbook versions of their publications: Pearson, Cengage, Houghton, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press Canada (Textbook Division), Thieme, and Elsevier imprints (such as Elsevier Health Science, Mosby, and Saunders)….

If universities had developed openly licensed materials years ago, students wouldn’t be facing these barriers now, noted Courtney.”