Breakout Session: Leveraging Licensing to Increase Access




The Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) is a library-driven program established by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), designed to leverage existing library resources, encourage open educational resources (OER) content creation, identify cost-effective digital projects and modify existing license agreements in order to create reduced cost course materials for students, as an alternative to rising commercial textbook costs.  The faculty incentivized program encourages instructors to partner with the library to leverage free or low-cost resources, adjusting syllabi and assignments as needed.  ACMI’s two-year pilot resulted in convincing evidence that the service supported a broad and diverse range of campus disciplines, achieved substantial cost savings, served as a catalyst for community building with multiple stakeholders, and gained campus administration recognition with an ongoing commitment of financial support to permanently integrate the initiative as an ongoing component of library services. 

Author Biography

Michelle Polchow, George Mason University

Electronic Resources Librarian
Collection Development




How to Cite

Polchow, M. (2018). Breakout Session: Leveraging Licensing to Increase Access. Journal of Copyright in Education &Amp; Librarianship, 2(1).



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