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Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources, SPEC Kit 351, Published by ARL

spec-kit-351-coverThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources, SPEC Kit 351, an exploration of the degree to which ARL member institutions advocate, support, and develop such materials. This study gathered information on affordable course content and open educational resource (ACC/OER) initiatives at the institutional level and the role of the library in these initiatives. The research examined initiatives’ origins, implementation, governance, and funding; incentives for faculty participation; and the types of affordable/open course content that have been developed. The survey also explored library support of ACC/OER activities with staffing and services.

This SPEC Kit includes examples of library and institution ACC/OER webpages; educational events; incentive programs; resources adopted, adapted, or created; and job descriptions.

Ordering Information

SPEC Kit 351, Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources
Anita Walz, Kristi Jensen, and Joseph A. Salem, Jr.
July 2016 • 154 pp.

Online Edition

SPEC Kit 351
ISBN 1-59407-962-5 • $50 • Password or IP access

The SPEC Kit Collection provides online access to all titles published from 2006 to the present (SPEC Kit 292– ). Password access is $400. IP access is $300 ARL members/$400 all others.

Print Edition

ISBN 1-59407-961-7 • $40 ARL members/$50 all others

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2016 print subscription, four issues (350–353), shipping included (additional postage may apply outside North America), plus free access to four SPEC Kit webcasts • ISSN 0160-3582 • $225 ARL members/$300 all others.

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About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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