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Library OER Services

The Library provides support services to faculty members who make use of open textbooks in their courses, whether supported by one of our OER Grants or not.

Pressbooks

For customizing or creating an open textbook, the main writing and publishing platform supported by the library is Pressbooks, which is open-source and widely used in OER initiatives around the world.

It works with different plugins, including H5P (interative content), Hypothes.is (collaborative annotation), and MathJax (accessible equations). The open textbooks created can be read online, and also downloaded in various formats (e.g. PDF, ePub, XML).

Concordia University Library hosts its own instance of Pressbooks, and offers related training and consultation services. For any questions including setting up an account, please email oer@concordia.ca

Creative Commons Licenses 

Open textbooks are defined as textbooks that are openly licensed, allowing for what is commonly referred to as "the 5R" (Retain, Revise, Remix, Reuse, Redistribute). Many choose to use Creative Commons licences to meet this expectation.

The library can advise on the use of such licenses, as well as on matters related to attribution and authorship.   

Accessibility  

OER content should comply with accessibility standards and best practices. A useful resource is the Accessibility Toolkit for open textbook authors by BCcampus. The library can advise on processes and tools that help to incorporate accessibility into the making of open textbooks from the very beginning of the project.  

Copyediting & Design

Copyediting and design work can be arranged for open textbook projects as needed. 

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