May 22, 2022

OER: “The Alternatives Pilot Project: A Catalyst Fund Research Report”

The report linked below was recently made available by LYRASIS Research.


The Alternatives Pilot Project: A Catalyst Fund Research Report

Prepared By

Leigh Grinstead
LYRASIS Innovation & Research


LYRASIS Research
DOI: 10.48609/bhm7-e691


In 2020, Yeshiva University submitted an idea application to the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. It outlined a community need to address humanities textbook costs by leveraging library resources. Over 2020 and 2021, LYRASIS and Yeshiva University piloted a program to harness academic librarians’ expertise with humanities information resources. They reviewed syllabi and re-designed them using open-source documents and resources (“AlterTexts”). These AlterTexts were already available to students through library full-text subscriptions (periodical literature, electronic reference sources, and relevant chapters from electronic books).

Direct to Full Text Report
138 pages; PDF.

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