Open forum on open textbooks at Morgan Library Sept. 22

David Ernst

An open forum on open textbooks will be held 2:30 -4 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Morgan Library Event Hall. Instructors and students will appreciate this exciting opportunity to learn about and discuss open textbooks and how their adoption by instructors can lower textbook costs for students.

Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide instructors with content that can be customized for their course.

This open forum will be presented by David Ernst and Sarah Faye Cohen of the Open Textbook Network, an alliance of higher education institutions committed to improving access, affordability, and academic success through the use of open textbooks.

Ernst is the director of the Center for Open Education at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, executive director of the Open Textbook Network, and a nationally known expert in the field.

Sarah Faye Cohen

Sarah Faye Cohen is formerly the associate university librarian at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and joined the Open Textbook Network to foster libraries’ strategic role in advancing access, discovery, and engagement with open textbooks. Sarah is the managing director of the Open Textbook Network.

Open Textbook Library

The Open Textbook Library, founded by Ernst, is the first searchable online catalog of open textbooks, many of which are reviewed by faculty at Open Textbook Network institutions.

This open forum is hosted by the CSU Libraries, with the support of the CSU Faculty Council Committee on Libraries, and is the first of two fall campus open forums about Open Textbooks.

Join us for a second forum on Oct. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Morgan Library Event Hall, presented by Nicole Allen, director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and David Wiley, education fellow at Creative Commons and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning.