Brought to You by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and BCcampus

Where: Online / Participation in this online event is free.
Register by Tuesday October 21:

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time/ 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time

OTTAWA, October 14, 2014 – To celebrate International Open Access Week, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and BCcampus are presenting an informative and interactive webinar on digital open textbooks. Join Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager, Open Education, and Leva Lee, Manager, Professional Learning, of BCcampus to learn more about the innovative BC Open Textbook Project. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to engage the presenters in some Q & A.

Open textbooks are gaining traction in Canada, particularly in the West. College and university students have significant textbook expenses paying over $1000 yearly, on average, to obtain the required reading materials for their courses. To help make post-secondary learning more economically accessible to students in British Columbia, the multi-sectoral BCcampus Open Textbook Project which includes participation from key players in the province's higher education system, libraries, student groups, and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, currently provides access to 40 free digital open textbooks to some of the most highly-enrolled introductory-level college and university courses.

BCcampus is a publicly funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all B.C. post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework.

CARL includes Canada's twenty-nine largest university libraries; enhancing research and higher education is at the heart of its mission. CARL promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

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Diego Argáez