Following the successful Provost Challenge project on open textbooks, our Office and the Library continue to work closely together to significantly reduce textbook costs for students. This effort is aligned with PSU Strategic Plan Goal 1, Initiative 1.1 to explore and put in place new strategies to contain the cost of completing a PSU degree.
If you are interested in learning 3 ways you can reduce the cost, the PSU Library released a brochure with the information you need to get started.
Create your own textbook
Faculty in 5 reTHINK PSU projects partnered with the Library to publish 5 open access textbooks. You can publish an Open Access Textbook with the Library, too, as they are always accepting proposals.
How does it work?
You create the content and the Library hosts the textbook, registers the ISBN, enables access, tracks use, and serves as the archive.
Develop a textbook-free course
You can create reading lists in D2L that link to online books, videos, images, and articles available through the library, or you can link to freely available resources. You can also place materials on course reserve with the library.
Can you help me with this?
- Learn how to place a course reserve request with the library.
- Learn how to create persistent links to library content.
- Have questions about working with D2L? Contact the Faculty Support Desk at OAI.
Select low-cost textbooks
The library suggests several ways to help students find the best deal on textbooks by selecting textbooks early, choosing an older edition of a textbook if it’s relevant, or placing copies of textbooks on course reserve.
Where can I find more free, online textbooks?
The Library suggests two particular sources for open textbooks online:
Help is available
Reducing the cost of a university education is a priority at PSU, and you can help by reducing or eliminating the cost of textbooks in your course. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from the library or from OAI’s faculty support desk.