The Affordable College Textbook Act seeks to reduce the cost of textbooks at U.S. colleges and universities by expanding the use of open textbooks (and other Open Educational Resources) that everyone can use, adapt and share freely. The legislation was introduced on September 26, 2017 by Representatives Polis (D-CO) and Sinema (D-AZ) in the House and Senators Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), and King (I-ME) in the Senate.
HOT OFF THE PRESS: This week SPARC released the first “Connect OER Annual Report, 2016-2017,” detailing insights from their Connect OER pilot which ran from May–July 2017. The report comprises information collected from 65 SPARC member institutions. During the pilot phase, Connect OER profiles were available only for SPARC member institutions. In early October, all higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada will have the opportunity to join the directory. To be notified when registration is available, academic libraries may sign up here. Key Insights: