Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Free textbooks? A new source for course texts

While we've been trying to help cut students' textbook costs by keeping Textbooks on Reserve and encouraging students to search OhioLINK for copies of their textbooks owned by other libraries in the state that they can borrow or use as online e-books, another tack to take is for faculty to adopt textbooks that are freely available online.

A new site devised for California's community colleges identifies and offers peer review of over 400 open textbooks and links to the textbooks themselves. Check out the Open Educational Resource Center for California to see the collection they've amassed.

We've been using a free Web version of a textbook for the EDT 251: Effective Use of Libraries course, and it has worked well so far.

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