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!
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, which creates an information economy that is unsustainable for libraries and detrimental to students, this problem is likely to exacerbate in the future.
Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Project
In spring 2016, the Libraries were charged with implementing a $12,000 pilot grant initiative to enhance textbook affordability at Rutgers University. Starting in October 2016, twelve grants of $1,000 each are available to faculty and instructors across the system who want to adopt, remix, or create a free or low cost textbook, as an alternative to traditional course materials. This project has the potential to save students upwards of $500,000 within one year of its implementation. 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.
Interested in Applying?
Current faculty and part-time instructors are encouraged to apply by completing the online application. The reviewing committee seeks projects that maximize student savings while also enhancing student learning outcomes. This grant is available for existing or newly created courses, as well as multiple sections of courses. If you have questions regarding eligibility or need further information, contact Lily Todorinova, Undergraduate Experience Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any of the members of this project you may be working with locally:
- 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/science data specialist, 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 Roberson Library, Camden): email@example.com