Crowd-Sourced Unlatching of Curricular Books: A Joint Pilot by the California State University, Knowledge Unlatched, and the Internet Archive – Cal schol.com

“BPCs (Book Processing Charges) to publish specific books Open Access (OA) usually are reserved for front-listed items and funded by one or a few sponsoring organizations. More often than not, such funds underwrite scholarly monographs that do not directly substitute for required course textbooks. BPCs do not typically cover the republication or relicensing (“unlatching,” “unlocking,” or “flipping”) of back-listed and out-of-print titles, even though such titles represent a massive amount of scholarly knowledge restricted by copyright, confined to print format, and yet still used in course curricula. This presentation will unveil an innovative, collaborative pilot between the California State University (CSU), Knowledge Unlatched, and the Internet Archive. As a global leader in Affordable Learning $olutions to save students money on textbooks, CSU proposed this pilot, provided a list of 18,000 ISBNs from required readings across its 23 campuses, and supplied matching kick-starter funds. Knowledge Unlatched combed through the CSU ISBN list to identify backlisted titles and negotiate pre-agreed price points at which publishers would unlatch these books. Finally, the Internet Archive ensured the availability of a digitized copy of the book on its Open Library platform, made it available for check-out via Controlled Digital Lending, and also coordinated book-specific, crowd-funding campaigns through a centralized list and on decentralized book record pages. Even publishers stand to benefit from this novel approach to OA publishing with its built-in capacity to gauge demand and monetize books that are not currently sources of revenue.”

CSU Explores the Possibility of a Google Books Partnership – Cal schol.com

“Just heard yesterday that our CSU Council of Library Deans (COLD) approved a request I’d made to send records of our entire CSU print holdings to Google Books for evaluation. Google Books will run a comparison of their current digitized holdings against our holdings and evaluate on their end whether a digitization partnership makes sense. If it does, then the CSU will consider whether it might make sense for us as well….”

CSU Explores the Possibility of a Google Books Partnership – Cal schol.com

“Just heard yesterday that our CSU Council of Library Deans (COLD) approved a request I’d made to send records of our entire CSU print holdings to Google Books for evaluation. Google Books will run a comparison of their current digitized holdings against our holdings and evaluate on their end whether a digitization partnership makes sense. If it does, then the CSU will consider whether it might make sense for us as well….”

CSU / Elsevier ScienceDirect Renewal Supports the Future of Research in California | CSU Libraries Network

“We are pleased to announce that the California State University has finalized a two-year ScienceDirect contract with Elsevier. In this impactful move, the CSU Libraries have agreed to a Read and Publish-Plus agreement with substantial savings, additional content, and a vision that moves the CSU Libraries and Elsevier towards a new model of academic publishing….”

CSU – California State University System (via Public) / CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions Encourages Use of Open Educational Resources

“The California State University is committed to seeking new ways to provide equity in access to free learning materials and remove financial barriers to student success as part of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025.”