May 16, 2022

Free and Low-Cost Textbook Showcase Launches at 13 California State University Libraries

From the OpenStax College (at Rice U.):

Thirteen California State University (CSU) libraries announced today the nation’s largest coordinated library showcase to increase the usage of open educational resources (OER) textbooks—high-quality, free and low-cost digital and print textbook options. The library initiative will display Rice University-based OpenStax College textbooks for the Spring 2015 term and is funded by the Gary Michelson Twenty Million Minds Foundation (20MM), which seeds technologies to lower the cost of education. The combined participating CSU campus libraries represent more than 285,000 students and more than 60 percent of CSU enrollment.


Participating CSU Libraries include Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Chico, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Sacramento State University, Humboldt State University, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University and Sonoma State University. Library stacks pilot programs successfully ran this fall at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Ohio State University, Auburn University, Virginia Tech University and the University of Oklahoma.

Read the Complete Announcement

In Other California State University News…

Report on Cal State University Plan to Build Unified Library Management System (ULMS) Across 23 Campuses (February 10, 2015)

California State University Libraries Drop System-Wide Subscription to Wiley E-Journals Collection (January 8, 2015)

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