March 6: Faculty workshop on Open Textbook Library

PULLMAN, Wash. – A free workshop about the Open Textbook Library and use of open educational resources (OERs) will be presented for the Washington State University community 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, March 6, in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) on the fourth floor of Holland Library.

Moderated by David Ernst, University of Minnesota, and Merinda McLure, Colorado State University, the interactive workshop is sponsored by WSU Libraries. It will cover how librarians and instructional designers can support faculty who are exploring or interested in adopting open textbooks. Topics will include:

• How issues of affordability can impact student academic success
• Open textbooks as a solution to affordability issues
• Identifying faculty barriers to adoption of open textbooks and how to help overcome those barriers
• Supporting faculty adoptions of open textbooks, including an introduction to the Open Textbook Library
• Ways open textbooks can advance other open initiatives on campus

Ernst is director of the Center for Open Education at UM and executive director of the Open Textbook Network, a community of more than 350 higher education institutions supporting faculty members who wish to use OERs in the classroom. McLure is CSU’s OER and health and human sciences librarian.

For more information about the Open Textbook Library, visit To learn more about OERs at WSU, see the library guide at


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