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Avoiding the “Axe”: Advancing Affordable and Open Education Resources at a Midsize University


Jennifer Bazeley ,

Miami University Oxford OH, US
About Jennifer
Jennifer Bazeley has a BM and an MM in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music and an MLIS from Dominican University in Illinois. Since completing her MLIS in 2004, Jennifer has worked in technical services in the library at the Field Museum in Chicago, the Mason Public Library in Ohio, and the library at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She was the Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian at Miami University in Oxford, OH from November 2009 through June 2012. Since July 2012 she has been the Coordinator of Collection Access & Acquisitions and served as Interim Head of Technical Services from July 2014 to June 2016.
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Carolyn Haynes,

Miami University, US
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Carla S. Myers,

Miami University Libraries Oxford OH, US
About Carla
Carla Myers serves as the Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries (Ohio). As part of her responsibilities, she provides information and guidance on copyright law, fair use, and authors’ rights to members of the campus community. Her professional presentations and publications focus on copyright, open access, and affordable learning issues. She is also the co-founder of and editor for the Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship. Carla holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Akron and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.
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Eric Resnis

Miami University, US
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INTRODUCTION To address the soaring cost of textbooks, higher education institutions have launched a number of strategies to promote the adoption of affordable and open educational resources (AOER). Although a few models for promoting and sustaining alternative and open educational resources (AOER) at higher education institutions can be found in the professional literature, additional examples are needed to assist the wide of range of universities and colleges in meeting this critical need. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM In this article, the authors describe Miami University’s ongoing efforts to reduce college textbook costs for students. These initiatives were instigated in some ways by the state legislature, but were also fueled by factual evidence regarding the impact textbook costs have on the student learning experience. The authors (university librarians and associate provost) provide a description of the institutional context and the challenges they faced in implementing AOER initiatives and chronicle the steps that their university has taken to address the challenge of rising costs of course materials. NEXT STEPS Next steps for growing the programs and recommendations for other institutions looking to develop similar initiatives are also explored.
How to Cite: Bazeley, J., Haynes, C., Myers, C.S. and Resnis, E., 2019. Avoiding the “Axe”: Advancing Affordable and Open Education Resources at a Midsize University. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 7(1). DOI:
Published on 20 May 2019.
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