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Adopting Open Educational Resources

What the library Can Do

There are a number of ways the library can help in creating alternatives to textbooks.

Ten percent of the pages of any print book the library owns can be scanned and placed in a library guide.

Articles from the catalog can be placed in an e-reserve page in a library guide. These guides do not time out; once made they are available from one semester to the next.

In most cases, at the request of a faculty member, the library will buy an unlimited user ebook for use as a course text.


Courses Using Ebooks as a Main Textbook

Currently at UMass Lowell there are courses running which use for their primary text an ebook owned by the library.

In some cases ebooks have limited simultaneous user licenses, but this does not necessarily disqualify them for consideration as texts. They can function much as print reserves do. These ebooks are hosted on library guides and made available in BlackBoard.

CIVE.4750, Construction Management
Civil Engineering Systems
Paul Destefano 

Labor Economics 
Monica Galizzi


Feminist Theory
Carole Hay 


History of Tudor England
Lauren Fogle


Introduction to BMEBT
Michael O'Connor


Introduction to Public Health/Foco

Linux Command Line
Fred Vegliante


MECH. 5290 Fuel Cell Fundamentals

Ertan Agar

MECH.5491, Advanced Thermodynamics 
Ertan Agar

EDUC. 6380, K-12 Curriculum Design
Joseph Walsh



E-reserves as Textbooks

E-reserve Scanned Pages as Text Replacements

Courses Using Print Reserves, E-reserves and E-books as Textbook Replacements