ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 280, which features articles on open educational resources (OERs) as an alternative to traditional textbooks, ARL’s e-book licensing effort, and research library trends as shown by the ARL Statistics. A pre-publication version of the article about OERs was released earlier this year.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries
Marilyn S. Billings, Sarah C. Hutton, Jay Schafer, Charles M. Schweik, and Matt Sheridan
E-Book Licensing and Research Libraries–Negotiating Principles and Price in an Emerging Market
Charles B. Lowry and Julia C. Blixrud
Research Library Trends: A Historical Picture of Services, Resources, and Spending
Research Library Issues no. 280 is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
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