Faculty professional development
Library collection development
Faculty are invited to provide subject expertise in the ongoing development of the library collection. Please send your recommendations to Susan Brettschneider, Library Technician, who will follow-up with the librarian.
For information on what the library already owns, see:
Title lists, including new acquisitions.
Online free textbooks
An important academic trend is identifying free or extremely low-cost online resources to combat the rising cost of textbooks and student inaccessibility. Online educational resources (OERs) are widely compiled and reviewed by other educators. A free online textbook is also called an "open textbook" or an OER.
One of the sites listed, Flat World, charges students a fee for the e-textbooks, but the overall cost is greatly reduced, and the student has an option to purchase a low-cost print copy of the book. Open text bookstore also offers a low-cost print copy.
Identification of low-cost or free resources for student textbooks offers great potential in positively impacting student finances and education.
College open textbooks
(hundreds of free textbooks, many of them peer-reviewed)
(select the subject area, then limit by material type "textbook")
Open textbook library
(University of Minnesota's project, offering peer-validated free online textbooks)
Open text bookstore
(A short-list of free online textbooks which can be ordered in print)
(student-run, provides advocacy for adoption of free textbooks without the educator review/validation)
(from the drop down "material type," select "open textbook")
Flat World Knowledge
(not free, but low cost)
Streaming video collection