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RLS: Open Access Resources and Issues

Open Access Explained

What is Open Access?

A quick tour

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Projects and Presentations

 The Open Textbook Pilot Project

College textbooks are expensive. This is probably not a surprise to anyone. College textbooks prices have risen 812% since 1978, and  82% between 2003 and 2013. The College Board estimates the average student spends about $1200 a year on them. Studies also indicate that 65% of students report not purchasing a textbook due to its high price.

Open textbooks, or open educational resources (OER) are freely available alternatives to traditional college textbooks, and are available for many general education classes, such as physics, psychology, sociology, statistics, pre-calculus, trigonometry, economics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, chemistry, American history, and biology.

The OSU Library has created an open textbook pilot program – the Wise OSU Library Open Textbook Initiative – funded through an initial donation from Library supporter, Dr. James Wise. The Initiative strives to encourage instructors to integrate open educational resources/open texts into their course curriculum by offering cash incentives to faculty who adopt or create open textbooks.

If you are interested, please feel free to contact the Initiative’s coordinators, Cinthya Ippoliti ( and Dan Chaney (