UCLA: Library to Offer Grants for Cheaper Textbook Alternatives
The UCLA Library will soon offer grants to professors as incentives to use cheaper alternatives to textbooks in their classes.
The alternatives, which could include UCLA Library resources or free online readings from universities and non-profits, would help decrease rising textbook costs for students, said Sharon Farb, associate university librarian.
Through its new program, the UCLA Library will distribute $10,000 among seven professors by fall, depending on their class sizes, Farb said. Professors with classes of more than 200 students will receive $2,500 grants and those with classes of fewer than 200 will receive $1,000.
Funding for the program will come from the UCLA Library and the California Digital Library, which provides free online articles and other materials from University of California researchers.
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Learn More: UCLA Library Affordable Course Materials Initiative (via UCLA Library)
More on the UMass Program Mentioned in the Article:
UMass offering grants to professors to help them save students money on textbooks (via The Republican; Dec. 12, 2011)
The Open Education Initiative @ UMass Amherst (via UMass Amherst Library)
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