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Open educational resources (OER) are freely available textbooks and educational materials that provide significant cost savings for students while also frequently improving student learning outcomes. Academic libraries have been at the forefront of the movement to encourage faculty to implement OER on their campuses, and Mississippi libraries are no exception. The University of Mississippi promotes the adoption of open textbooks at universities and community colleges across the state through grants provided by the Hewlett Foundation, and The University of Southern Mississippi encourages open textbook creation and adoption at the campus level through its Open Textbook Initiative, which is co-sponsored by University Libraries and the Office of the Provost. This presentation will offer an overview of OER and will highlight each of these OER approaches, including an emphasis on how they complement each other in the effort to tell the story of the advantages of OER across every campus.


Presentation given at the 2017 Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference