Open textbook workshop for CLAS faculty
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

Are you concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending an hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 award for your efforts!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Lunch catered by Elephants Delicatessen at 12:30
Workshop 12:45-1:45 

Where: PSU Library, Room 170 (1st floor, across from the elevators)

Who: The workshop will be led by Karen Bjork (Head of Digital Initiatives at PSU Library), Sarah Beasley (Research & Instruction Services Manager; Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian at PSU Library), and Dr. Robert Sanders (Associate Professor Spanish, World Languages and Literatures)

Why Open Textbooks?

  • Seven out of ten students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • The average undergraduate can expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks/supplies during one academic year.
  •  The cost of textbooks is rising at four times the inflation rate.

Open Textbooks can lower students costs without comprising their learning.

  • Open textbooks are freely available online and can be used in whole or part at no cost to students.
  • Open textbooks are often written by professors and other scholars in their fields of expertise.
  • Open textbooks are often published with the same editorial rigor as commercial textbooks.
  • The number of open textbooks is increasing across a variety of subject areas.

Take 5 minutes and apply online by Thursday November 10, 2016. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Browse the Open Textbook Library. Please note: not all subject areas are covered.

This workshop is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and PSU Library.

Questions about the workshop can be sent to Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives,, or Sarah Beasley, Research & Instruction Services Manager; Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian,