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PDX Open: Reducing Student Textbook Costs

About PDX Open

Would you like your students to have access to textbooks completely customized to your course and pedagogical design?

Would you like to lower the cost of textbooks for your students?

The Library has an established infrastructure, PDXScholar, to provide PSU faculty a stable, easily accessible and discoverable, permanent, online space on which to publish open textbooks for PSU courses.

To spur this effort, up to five grants for PSU faculty are available. Textbooks developed through this initiative project should be available for roll out in courses offered Fall 2014 or Winter 2015.

  • $2500 to develop an open access textbook
  • Grant funds may be used to support the costs associated with developing the textbook, e.g. copyediting and layout, contribution towards course buyout, GA support, etc.

Proposals from individual PSU faculty members or from a group of faculty members are welcome.  Awards will be made by a selection committee comprised of Faculty Senate Library Committee members, Library faculty, an instructional designer from the Office of Academic Innovation, and a representative from ASPSU.


Each applicant must be the instructor of record. Courses can be at the undergraduate or graduate level but must be for enrolled students.

All applicants are also required to attend a one-hour workshop at which librarians will introduce search strategies and possible sources for open-access or public domain resources to support textbook creation.

Applications were due November 22, 2013. Awards will be announced soon.

For further information, please review the FAQ or contact Sarah Beasley, Scholarly Communication Coordinator, PSU Library,; 503.725.3688

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