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Reducing Student Textbook Costs

Date: 10/16/2013

The increasing costs of textbooks, now averaging $1000-$1200 per year per student, are a significant financial burden. The Library is addressing these needs through PDX Open: Reducing Student Textbook Costs, a reTHINK PSU project led by Scholarly Communication Coordinator and Humanities Librarian Sarah Beasley, as well as librarians Karen Bjork, Jill Emery, and Kimberly Pendell. PDX Open funds the authoring and publication of open access textbooks through the PDXScholar platform, which provides a stable, easily accessible, easily discoverable, and permanent online space for content. Open access textbooks allow students to reduce the cost of their education by lowering the amount they must spend on learning materials.

The Library, through PDX Open, is offering up to five grants of $2500 to PSU Faculty, who can use the funds to pay for the costs associated with developing the textbook, for example, for course buyouts, copyediting and layout, or GA support.

We invite PSU Faculty to apply for a PDX Open grant. The application deadline is November 22, 2013. Five $2,500 grants will be awarded this fall, with anticipated roll out of the textbooks in Fall 2014 or Winter 2015.  

More information about PDX Open, including links to open access textbooks published on other campuses, is available through the Library website. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Beasley.


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