Open Educational Resources
Where can I find an open textbook for my class?
Is the quality the same as other textbooks?
If you’ve found an open textbook that you want to use, but it isn’t quite up to snuff, the open license allows you to edit it to fit the needs of your course.
Can students order a print copy?
Yes, there are on-demand online print services available, or students could print out only the parts they want at home. We can work with you to determine the best printing option.
Who writes open textbooks? How do they get paid?
Why would a textbook author want to give away content for free?
Do open textbooks have supporting/ancillary materials?
Some do. Like commercial textbooks, some open textbooks have ancillary materials.
How often are open textbooks updated?
How can I edit OER?
The vast majority of open textbooks have a Creative Commons license that allows for editing, adapting and making derivatives in any file format. The Libraries offer editing and formatting support. If you need assistance, contact Digital Publishing Librarian Chris Diaz at email@example.com.
Are there accessible versions for students with disabilities?
Open content has huge potential to increase accessible content on campus. Unlike traditional materials, it is not locked down and can be adapted and reformatted without extra permission, and is usually available in different formats.
I am thinking of writing an open textbook. What are my rights? Could I sell my book to a publisher later?
If you write a textbook, you hold the copyright and have the power to share, edit, and sell your book as you wish. If you choose to make your textbook open, you would designate a Creative Commons license, which would give others the right to copy, share, and modify your work. Creative Commons licenses work in parallel with copyright, so you would retain copyright even when assigning a Creative Commons license. We are happy to meet with you to discuss copyright, publishing, and licensing in more detail.
What kinds of materials can be put on reserve?
Physical books, DVDs, digitized book chapters, journal articles, and streaming audio and video are all materials that can be put on reserve–books and DVDs physically at a library circulation desk, chapters, articles, and streams digitally in your Canvas course site.
How do I request items to be put on reserve?
Who can put items on reserve?
How do students access reserve items?
Students access digital reserve items directly within Canvas. Physical reserve items are available at University (main), Mudd, or Schaffner Library’s circulation or service desk, depending on where the instructor chooses.
What is the loan period for physical reserves?
We offer 2-hour, 4-hour, and 1-day loans. You’ll specify the loan period when you place the request in Canvas.
What if the library doesn't have a copy of the book I need for my class?
Make the request in Canvas, and the library will purchase a copy of the book to be put on reserve. The same goes for streaming video, articles, and book chapters. You place the request, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Publishing Course Material
What is the deadline for getting course material information into CAESAR?
The deadline is the day that the course opens for pre-registration. You can check the dates on the academic calendar
All my material is available on Canvas and the students don't have to buy anything. How do I note that in CAESAR?
When filling in information on course materials, write, “All materials available in Canvas at no cost.”
Why should I worry about getting this information into these systems now, when I won't be teaching the class for several months?
There are many reasons to get this information into student-facing systems well before the course starts. First, it’s the law. Second, it allows students time to comparison shop for materials and save money. Third, it can provide useful information to students considering registering for your class.
Books for Cats
What is the Books for Cats program?
The Books for Cats program addresses the difficulty students can experience in securing course materials. The high cost of textbooks and the use of online platforms, particularly for introductory courses, can make buying all the required course materials challenging. By offering the option for eligible students to borrow course materials, Books for Cats supports students in being ready to learn from the first day of class.
Who is eligible to participate?
The Financial Aid Office identifies eligible students, and the Books for Cats program is primarily for first-year financially eligible students, although financially eligible sophomores are invited to participate in the program for two chemistry courses.
Will participating in Books for Cats impact financial aid awards?
No, participating in Books for Cats will not impact financial aid or other scholarship awards, because students borrow the material and return it to the University Bookstore when they no longer are using the materials.
How does participation work?
Students submit their course materials order using the Books for Cats filter on the University Bookstore online site and are not charged for these materials at checkout. Students return these course materials to the University Bookstore either at the end of the quarter or by the end of the academic year.
What are other options to secure course materials if not considered eligible to participate in Books for Cats?
All Books for Cats classes have course materials in the Library Course Reserves. Students can check out the material for a limited amount of time, and if they choose, may use the Library scanner to retain digital versions of materials.