News from UNT Libraries: New Programs at UNT to Help Make Textbooks More Affordable

The UNT Libraries, UNT Press, and the Office of the Provost have been working to gather information on various initiatives from across campus that aim to make textbooks more affordable.  Please visit our new website, affordability.unt.edu, for a full view of UNT’s initiatives, including some brand new ones from the UNT Press and UNT Libraries.

Many of these efforts relate to open educational resources (OER), which are textbooks, supplementary materials like homework and quizzes, lesson plans, and/or slide decks that instructors are free to use and modify and that students do not need to pay to access. The UNT Libraries provides a guide to help faculty discover high-quality OER, including peer-reviewed open textbooks, so we encourage you and your faculty to explore what is available for your discipline and get in touch with your subject librarian for guidance.

For faculty interested in publishing their own open textbook, the UNT Press and UNT Libraries are pleased to announce UNT Open Texts, a new partnership to support the production of free textbooks, with low-cost print formats, for use in UNT courses.  In addition, the Libraries and CLEAR have developed a new OER Summer Grants program to support the adoption of existing OER for UNT courses. Brief applications for the OER Summer Grants are due March 18.

Even if now is not the right time to adopt OER in your classes, we encourage you to consider options for sharing course materials and other library resources with students to ensure compliance with copyright law and when possible to provide options to reduce the cost of access for students.