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Kelly Smith ORCID iD icon



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A case study of how one regional comprehensive university leveraged its institutional repository infrastructure and faculty relationships to develop the first open textbook in the field of African American Studies. This was used as a springboard to open wider discussions across the entire campus about adopting Open Educational Resources (OERs) across all disciplines in order to save students money, increase student success, provide faculty with publishing opportunities, and to provide marketing and recruitment potential for individual programs and the university as a whole. Ongoing initiatives include: an ad hoc faculty senate committee on OERs; a grant proposal to fund incentives for faculty to adopt OERs in their courses; discussions with the bookstore on encouraging OERs; and hosting workshops for faculty on OERs.

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American Libraries Association Annual Conference 2020