Textbooks and other course materials are an essential tool for any instructor. The recent proliferation of content types and access models can make navigating the selection of appropriate resources a challenge. SC4 library has created this guide to support faculty in understanding the options available to them, define content types and content models, and communicate some potential benefits and challenges of each.
SC4 faculty can address textbook affordability through the creative selection of class resources.
Open access textbooks are openly licensed books that mimic a traditional textbook, aside from the licensing.These books are available freely online and print copies are often available for purchase at a reasonable cost. More and more, supplemental resources for instructors are becoming available for these texts.
University Presses publish high quality texts that are often more reasonably priced--the same can be true of scholarly associations and some small academic or technical publishers that specialize in a particular subject area. Trade books are usually less expensive than traditional texts and may work well for some classes.
SC4 Library purchases and subscribes to more than 800,000 unique ebook titles.
SC4 Library subscribes to over 65,000 electronic journals, and indexes many open access publications as well.
In addition to open access books and journals, there are many forms of openly licensed resources available, including open courseware, syllabi, images, videos, learning objects, and learning platforms.
SC4 Library recognizes and appreciates faculty rights and responsibilities in reviewing and selecting appropriate resources for their courses. The purpose of this guide is to provide information, context and support for faculty during the materials selection process.