As faculty members, we affirm that it is our prerogative and responsibility to select course materials that are pedagogically most appropriate for our classes. We also affirm that it is consistent with this principle to seek affordable and accessible course materials for our classes whenever possible. This includes open textbooks and teaching materials as well as collections and e-resources provided by the library for which the students pay no additional costs.
Therefore, we the undersigned declare our intent to:
- Seek and consider open textbooks, other open educational resources, and library-licensed resources when choosing course materials.
- Give preference to a low- or no-cost educational resource such as an open textbook over an expensive, traditional textbook if it best fits the needs of a class.
- Work with our subject liaison librarians to identify library licensed material appropriate for classes.
- Encourage the institution to develop support for the use of open textbooks and other open educational resources.