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Making higher education more affordable, one course reading at a time: Academic libraries as key advocates for open access textbooks and educational resources

TitleMaking higher education more affordable, one course reading at a time: Academic libraries as key advocates for open access textbooks and educational resources
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsOkamoto, K.
PublisherPublic Services Quarterly
Volume9
Start Page267
Issue4
Pagination267 - 283
Date Published10/2013
ISSN1522-9114
Keywordsacademic libraries, open access textbooks, Open Educational Resources, textbook affordability crisis
Abstract

Open access textbooks (OATs) and educational resources (OERs) are being lauded as a viable alternative to costly print textbooks. Some academic libraries are joining the OER movement by creating guides to open repositories. Others are promoting OATs and OERs, reviewing them, and even helping to create them. This article analyzes how academic libraries are currently engaged in open access textbook and OER initiatives. By drawing on examples of library initiatives across the United States, the author illustrates how libraries are facilitating the adoption and implementation of these affordable resources.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15228959.2013.842397
DOI10.1080/15228959.2013.842397
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Short TitlePublic Services Quarterly
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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