The theme for Open Access Week 2018 is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” As we continue to push the scholarly ecosystem to a more default-open structure, how are we ensuring that this new structure is inclusive and equitable for the full global community?
Student access to course materials is one larger area of inequity in the scholarly ecosystem. At Emory, we’ve recently taken a big step towards ensuring more inclusive and equitable access to course content for the Emory community. This fall semester, the Woodruff Library launched its Affordable Textbooks and Teaching Materials (ATTM) initiative.
ATTM promotes the awareness of and access to course materials that are up-to-date, satisfy academic needs, and are affordable to Emory students. It provides information for both faculty and students around how to find and use affordable, if not free, materials in the classroom. The spectrum of affordable content is vast including
- Course Reserves Content, both physical and electronic,
- eBooks licensed by the Libraries,
- Open Education Resources (including Open Textbooks),
- Emory’s First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) Lending Library, and more!
Interested in finding ways to lower the cost of course materials in your classroom? Check out Emory’s ATTM initiative.