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2019 ForwardFocus Conference Recap

Textbook Cost Reduction Camp: Strategies for Engaging the Campus with OER

Presenter: Colleen Sanders, Skagit Valley College 

When Clackamas Community College (CCC) announced Barnes & Noble (BNED) would assume bookstore operations, librarians took a deep dive into the proposed contract language. It contained restrictions on using and sharing OER, LMS linking, and more. BNED offers turnkey OER products on proprietary courseware that enable easy faculty adoption but cost students money. CCC librarians scrambled on a short timeline to conduct outreach and work with administration to make changes in support of academic freedom, students’ rights, and an open educational culture. Colleen will share her story, strategies, struggles, successes, lessons learned, and next steps. The regional community needs to support one another in this advocacy, as the contract includes a cooperative agreement clause allowing other community colleges to opt in. This session will help participants prepare for conversations with administration & BNED, identify relevant contract sections, and share resources to support your advocacy.

Colleen Sanders is District Librarian at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. Her interests include critical librarianship, inclusive pedagogy, open education, assessment, and how libraries can evolve under Guided Pathways models. Colleen’s work on OER earned her the 2019 OpenOregon Open Education Champion award. If you’d like to learn more about Colleen’s work with bookstore outsourcing and OER, see her article “Let Us Get You into College: Community College Librarians, Barnes & Noble, and OER” and her co-presented webinar “Not an Open Book: The Outsourcing of Oregon’s Community Colleges.” Colleen’s email is an open door for questions, research partnerships, or community building.