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.
Northern Virginia Community Colllege - OER-based general education project
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