Our sister school at UMass Amherst is at the forefront of the Open Text, or Open Educational Resoures (OER) movement. Fueled by the dedication and enthusiasm of librarian Marilyn Billings and her colleagues, Amherst's program is now a national model, for reasons listed below.
Amherst's program incorporates the main elements of Open Texts
Amherst's program offers competitive, Open Text grants to its faculty
The homepage of a textbook written by UMass Amherst's Professor Hossein Pishro-Nik, billed as "an open access, peer-reviewed textbook intended for undergraduate as well as first-year graduate level courses on the subject."
Amherst Librarian Marilyn Billings notes:
Based on my experiences at UMB and UMD, it’s useful to have a program for the campus. We’d be glad to participate and I could recommend pulling in an outside speaker as well. In addition, I’d recommend that the library partner with academic IT and Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (or equivalent) to provide the support needed by the faculty. I also created a small group (4-5 people) of faculty and support partners to review the proposals.