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Open Textbook Initiatives

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) joined the University of Minnesota's Open Textbook Network, a non-profit initiative to reduce students' financial burden for higher education, similar to OpenStax at the University of Texas.

  • Open textbooks address general education.
  • Their business model is institutional membership vs. retail purchase or rental.
  • Drawbacks include providing incentives for authors, availabilty of test banks, cost of production and dissemination.
  • Textbooks are not a "library thing," however, given our experience with digital licensing, librarians are under pressure from state legislators to pursue these initiatives for the benefit of students and parents.
  • VIVA librarians will promote faculty opportunities for selection and reviews ($200 each!) of OA textbooks in the Open Textbook Network.
  • Choice of textbook remains the perogative of academically qualified faculty in each disciplne. 

VIVA Open Initiatives

Northern Virginia Community Colllege - OER-based general education project

Articles:

J. Adame. (2017, January 8). University of Arkansas faculty nudged to put texts on Web. Arkansas Online. Retrieved from: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/jan/08/faculty-nudged-to-texts-on-web-20170108/?f=news-arkansas

G. . (2016, June 26). More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from:
http://chronicle.com/article/More-Professors-Know-About/237252?cid=rc_right 

A. Carnns. (2016, September 23). A New cost at college: digital access codes. The New York Times.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/your-money/a-new-cost-at-college-digital-access-codes.html 

___________. (2016, July 12). As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from: http://chronicle.com/article/As-Free-Textbooks-Go/237082 

Allen and Seaman, Babson Survey Research Group. (2016, July). Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16.  Retrieved from: http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/openingthetextbook2016.pdf

Gose, B. (2017, April 9). Growing Pains Begin to Emerge in Open-Textbook Movement. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from: http://www.chronicle.com/article/Growing-Pains-Begin-to-Emerge/239701

Lynch, C. (2017, February). Updating the agenda for academic libraries and scholarly communications. College and Research Libraries, v. 78, no. 2, 126-130. DOI: 10.5860/crl.78.2.126. Retrieved from: http://crl.acrl.org/content/78/2/126.full.pdf+html

McKenzie, L. (2017, April 6). How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from: http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-a-Browser-Extension-Could/239714

Sweeney, Chris. (2016, September). The Demise of the Textbook Mafia. Boston Magazine. Retrieved from: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2016/08/28/textbook-publishing/

WSLS 10. (2016, August 22). Community College Offers No Textbook Classes. Retrieved from: http://wsls.com/2016/08/22/community-college-offers-no-textbook-classes/

Zalaznick, M. (2016, November 18). OER revolution in higher ed: free and inexpensive OER expand access, reduce stress for college students. University Business. Retrieved from: https://www.universitybusiness.com/article/oer-revolution-higher-ed.

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