Tackling Textbook Costs Through Open Educational Resources: A Primer

Organized by SPARC in collaboration with the ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication
Chicago, Illinois 
  January 29-30, 2015

The skyrocketing cost of textbooks is a hot topic on campus, and academic libraries have a burgeoning opportunity to advance the solution through Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs include digital textbooks and other academic materials that carry an open license permitting their free use and repurposing by others. Join us for this two-day action-packed primer on how libraries can leverage OER for textbook affordability—and beyond. Participants will learn from national experts, get inspired by successful projects, brainstorm with peers, and develop action plans. All levels of experience welcome. Organized by SPARC in collaboration with the ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication.

The institute will be held Thursday, January 29, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. through Friday, January 30, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, Crystal Ballroom (636 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL).

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the basics of OER and how to talk about it on campus.
  • Learn how academic libraries are successfully advancing OER.
  • Begin developing an action plan for your campus.

Presenter(s)

Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC
Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University
Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian, Umass Amherst
David Ernst, Chief Information Officer, ATS, University of Minnesota
Kristi Jensen, Program Development Lead, eLearning Support Initiative, University of Minnesota
Shan Sutton, Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication, Oregon State University
Quill West, Open Education Project Manager, Pierce College
David Wiley, Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning
Stacy Zemke, Open Educational Resource Coordinator, University of Oklahoma
 

Registration

Registration Fees:
ACRL member - $175
SPARC member - $175
ARL member - $175
ALA member - $225
Nonmember - $275

Discount code:  ACRL, SPARC, and ARL members must enter the discount code "ACRL2015" on the registration form in order to receive the discounted rate. The code should be entered on the Personal Information page of the registration form (enter the code for the question: "If you have a promotional code, enter it here.")  Membership status will be validated.

How to register

Registration is now available for the ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting.

Register online
Click here to access the online registration form
ACRL, SPARC, and ARL members must enter the discount code "ACRL2015" on the registration form in order to receive the discounted rate. The code should be entered on the Personal Information page of the registration form (enter the code for the question: "If you have a promotional code, enter it here.")  Membership status will be validated.

Register via mail or fax
Download the PDF of the Registration and Housing Form by clicking here
.  ACRL, SPARC, and ARL members must enter the discount code "ACRL2015" on the registration form in order to receive the discounted rate. 

Questions: Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org, or call 312-280-2522.s