Steven J. Bell
Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services
Associate Director for Research and Education
The Ohio State University
Community Services and Learning Coordinator
Simon Fraser University
Textbook affordability is an issue of growing concern in higher education. Academic libraries, working collaboratively with campus partners, have led the way in program innovation to improve student access to course learning content. Attendees will hear from three institutions taking strategic approaches to advance the adoption of open educational resources (OER) through partnerships on and beyond their campus. At Temple University the Library worked with the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable to gain support for the start of an alternate textbook project, and now a coalition of campus partners is expanding this into a textbook affordability initiative with expansive goals for OER adoption. Librarians at Simon Fraser University invite authors, reviewers, instructional designers, translators, graphic designers, and others to come together to collaboratively, or individually, produce high-quality open textbooks. A key strategy for the Ohio State University Libraries is to partner with the Office of Distance Education and eLearning to develop or promote the use of OER learning material while working with consortium learning partners on other open learning projects. The presentation will wrap-up with five core strategies for a campus-wide textbook revolution.