University Libraries has announced the launch of its Open Textbook Pilot Program, an initiative designed to empower faculty in adopting, adapting, and creating Open Educational Resource (OER) materials for their courses. The program aims to alleviate the financial burden on students, encourage innovative teaching practices, and foster a community of practice centered on OER integration.

Faculty who hold the rank of Lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor are eligible to apply. Proposals from graduate students or graduate assistants are also eligible. The application will close on Oct. 1, 2023.

University Libraries' Open Textbook Pilot Program comes as a response to the need for affordable course materials, recognizing the substantial efforts that faculty often undertake in OER authorship and development. By providing support and resources, the program seeks to enable faculty to explore alternatives to high-cost textbooks, ultimately benefiting students and enhancing their academic journey.

Faculty members interested in participating in the program are invited to attend any of the three online informational sessions hosted by the OER Librarian. The sessions will cover general information about OER and the specifics of the University Libraries' Open Textbook Pilot Program. The final session will take place in a Q&A format, allowing interested applicants to address their queries directly. Potential applicants can also reach out to the OER Librarian directly for one-on-one consultations.

The online informational sessions are scheduled for Aug. 30, Sept. 13, and Sept. 27. Participants will receive a Zoom link after registering for the informational session. Interested faculty can register at

University Libraries encourages faculty members to take advantage of this opportunity to make a significant impact on student success while exploring new and innovative pedagogical methods.