The Rutgers University Libraries is looking to bring you open and affordable textbooks by implementing a grant program for faculty to incorporate open educational resources in their classrooms. If you'd like to help, please share this website with your instructors and spread the word!
Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Project
In spring 2016, the Libraries were charged with implementing a pilot grant initiative to enhance textbook affordability at Rutgers University. Thirty-two grants of $1,000 each were awarded to faculty and instructors across the system who chose to adopt, remix, or create a free or low cost textbook, as an alternative to traditional course materials. The grant will impact over 8400 students enrolled in courses at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University-Camden, Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a total projected student savings of close to $1.6 million over the next year. For a full list of grant recipients, please click here.
The OAT Grant Implementation Committee is thankful for the support of the NJPIRG student group, who have been our partners and collaborators in this project.
Textbook Affordability: A Call to Action
Textbook affordability has reached a state of crisis. The cost of textbooks has risen by more than 800% over the last 30 years, with the average annual cost now exceeding $1,200 per student. For many students, renting or relying on used textbooks is not a viable cost-saving solution. Without access to required course materials, students’ academic success is at an immense risk. As costs continue to rise exponentially and major publishers choose to restrict digital access, creating an information economy that is unsustainable for libraries and detrimental to students, this problem is likely to exacerbate in the future.
Interested in Applying?
The pilot phase of this project is now complete. Please contact Lily Todorinova, Undergraduate Experience Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any of the members of this project you may be working with locally, with any questions:
- Roberta Fitzpatrick (Associate Director, Smith Library, RHBS): email@example.com
- Bonnie Fong (Physical Sciences Librarian/Head of Emerging Technologies, Dana Library, Newark): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laura Palumbo (Chemistry & Physics Librarian, New Brunswick): email@example.com
- Mary Beth Weber (Head of Central Technical Services, New Brunswick): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zara Wilkinson (Reference/Instruction Librarian, Paul Robeson Library, Camden): email@example.com