The next OPEN-SIG will focus on Open Textbooks and Publishing Agreements.
The 2014 Babson survey (and SIG-member experiences) have shown that although Open Textbooks are a significant way to immediately lower the cost of student tuition, faculty are (1) largely unaware that Open texts exist, or (2) are hesitant to adopt open-texts because they cannot easily find the quality texts they need. The 2014 and 2015 Babson surveys (and member experiences) have also shown that, of those faculty who are aware of benefits to OA publishing, they are hesitant to negotiate/alter publishing contracts because they are unfamiliar with how to do so.
The Open Textbook session will review the various group-suggested Open Text resources and act as a brainstorming session to come up with a plan to facilitate finding E-text resources for your institutions, and to become familiar with the Open textbook processes in order to coach faculty through the adaptation or creation of a new textbook.
The Publishing Agreements session will be led by SIG-Member and NYU Scholarly Communications Librarian, April Hathcock (JD, LLM, MLIS), to help facilitate faculty awareness about reserving author rights in publishing agreements.