RLI 280 Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: ProOspects and Strategies for University Libraries 9 SEPTEMBER 2012 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A QUARTERLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC In 2010, UMass Amherst and textbook provider eFollett worked together to establish provision of anticipated textbook and required materials cost to non-enrolled students through the SPIRE registration system. 6 Matt Sheridan, “Open Educational Resources” guide, last updated Feb. 19, 2013, http://guides. library.umass.edu/oer. 7 The example of an arbitrary assignment of 26 concurrent users in a license by publisher HarperCollins would not suffice for a 300+ student lecture course. Source: American Library Association, The 2012 State of America’s Libraries: A Report from the American Library Association (Chicago: American Library Association, 2012), http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/ americaslibraries/soal2012. 8 In 2011, nearly 28% of public American libraries reported providing e-readers and other mobile devices for checkout to patrons. Source: ibid. 9 Many resources report on the incompatibility of e-readers with EPUB, the most prominent in the market since 2010 being the Kindle. Source: Jason Perlow, “EPUB: The Final Barrier for Kindle Adoption,” Tech Broiler (blog), Aug. 20, 2010, http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/ epub-the-final-barrier-for-kindle-adoption/13804. 10 This guide can be embedded in any standard course as a widget it covers finding e-books in the UMass Amherst Libraries’ most prominent e-book vendors: “E-Books at UMass Amherst Library,” last updated Jan. 2, 2013, http://guides.library.umass.edu/content.php?pid=234808. 11 OpenCourseWare Consortium, MERLOT, and National Federation of the Blind, “Accessibility and OpenEducational Resources: Status and Issues for Higher Education,” (presentation, Emerging Technologies for Online Learning conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 26, 2012). 12 Marc Parry, “$150,000 Settlement Reached in Blind Florida State Students’ E-Learning Suit,” Wired Campus (blog), Chronicle of Higher Education, March 6, 2012, http://chronicle.com/blogs/ wiredcampus/150000-settlement-reached-in-blind-florida-state-students-e-learning-suit/35659. 13 College Board, “Quick Guide: College Costs: Books and Supplies,” accessed March 27, 2013, https:// bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/college-costs/quick-guide-college-costs. 14 Mary Case et al., Report of the ARL Joint Task Force on Services to Patrons with Print Disabilities (Washington, DC: ARL, 2012), http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/print-disabilities-tfreport02nov12.pdf. 15 Brandon Butler, “Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs]: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries,” ARL Issue Brief, Oct. 22, 2012, http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/issuebrief-mooc-22oct12.pdf.
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