|Submission Date||April 13, 2022|
The Catholic University of America
IN-41: Textbook Affordability
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Does the institution host a peer-to-peer textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project?:
A brief description of the textbook exchange program, textbook lending library, or alternate textbook project:
The Washington Resource Library Consortium provides access to the Open Textbook Library. The University Libraries participates in the WRLC Availability Task Force, which is tasked with promoting the adoption of Open Textbooks through the Open Textbook Library and Open Educational Resource (OER), in general. Catholic University librarians have advocated and marketed these resources in the following ways: written blog posts and program announcements that have been distributed to all faculty/instructors, done presentations at the Center for Teaching Excellence, shared information at department and school faculty meetings, and directed faculty and students to these resources in response to requests for specific textbooks.
Does the institution provide incentives for academic staff that explicitly encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks?:
A brief description of the incentives to encourage the authorship, peer review, and/or adoption of open access textbooks:
The WRLC Textbook Affordability Task Force offers a stipend to any faculty who write a critical review of any title in the Open Textbook Library and the University Libraries publicizes this program on the Catholic University campus. In addition, WRLC has initiated a new group, called the Catalyst OER Program, with the mandate to “Identify and/or create faculty grant opportunities to support adoption, adaptation and creation of no-cost or low-cost materials for courses offered by the WRLC partners.” It will be a two year program.
Website URL where information about the textbook affordability incentives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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