unlock1While LIBlog has discussed the role of Scholarly Repositiories and Open Access publishing before, we also know that some courses still need to rely on textbooks and journals to provide timely information for students.  Because textbook prices remain prohibitively expensive for some students,  the libraries continue to partner with faculty and the book store to  suggest ways of supplying salient course materials at low- or no-additional-costs to students.  E-reserves and deep-linking* to articles in a coursepage allow a student to have access to both open-access and proprietary-database articles, as well as subscription e-books.  Our recent switch to LibGuides also allows us to work with indivdual faculty members to create a “resources by subject” page at the individual course level.  If you are interested in finding more about deep-linking, finding public domain and open access resources, or would like to work with a librarian to create a dynamic course resource page, ask your subject specialist or email one of our Instructional Services Librarians.  If you are interested in working with the libraries to propose a plan for lower-cost print texts or e-text-books , please contact our Outreach Librarian.

For more about Open Resources, check out the mini-course developed by Judy Baker, covering open access courseware systems as well as copyright, public domain texts, primary resources, etc.

Baker, J. (2007, May 5). Introduction to Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from the Connexions Web site: http://cnx.org/content/col10413/1.2/

* Deep-linking offers direct access to a database article by adding the libraries’ proxy-prefix (http://jerome.stjohns.edu:81/login?url=) at the very start of the PURL or at the start of the URL in the address box.