The State University of New York (SUNY) recently announced the release of its first two open access textbooks under its Open SUNY Textbooks initiative: Literature, the Humanities, and Humanity by Theodore Steinberg and Native Peoples of North America by Professor Susan Stebbins, PhD. The textbooks were released as part of the 6th annual Open Access Week, an international event to promote open access in scholarship, research, teaching, and learning.
The Open SUNY Textbooks initiative was established by the State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. The initiative was designed to encourage faculty to publish high-quality and affordable etextbooks in partnership with their campus library, including access to peer reviewers, student assessors, instructional designers, and consultation from the publisher, SUNY Press.
In the 2012, the first Open SUNY Textbook pilot was launched at participating libraries, including SUNY Geneseo, College at Brockport, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Fredonia, Upstate Medical University, and University at Buffalo, with support from other SUNY libraries and SUNY Press.
The first pilot will be concluding with 15 published titles by the end of 2013, including subjects such as Anthropology, Business, Computer Science, Education, English, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Music Education, and Physics. A second pilot will follow and increase the amount of textbooks and participating libraries.
Open SUNY Textbooks will be made available for free download at www.opensuny.org.
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