Open educatiOnal ResOuRces as leaRning MateRials: pROspects and stRategies fOR univeRsity libRaRies
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
6 Matt Sheridan, “Open Educational Resources” guide, last updated Feb. 19, 2013, http://guides.
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/
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/
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/
13 College Board, “Quick Guide: College Costs: Books and Supplies,” accessed March 27, 2013, https://
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.