“Inclusive Access, also known as automatic textbook billing, is a sales model for college textbooks. Digital content is delivered to students by the first day of class, often through a learning management system. While Inclusive Access is intended to address high textbook costs, it also creates challenges for students and faculty alike. In this webinar, Trudi Radtke, Open Education Project Manager for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will address challenges, facts, and myths of Inclusive Access programs….”
“In an effort to make course materials more affordable and accessible, many campuses are experimenting with “Inclusive Access” programs. Designed by the textbook industry, Inclusive Access is a sales model that adds the cost of digital course content into students’ tuition and fees—in other words, automatic textbook billing. While the advertised benefits of these programs have been widely promoted, there are also drawbacks for students and faculty that deserve equal attention. Join this special Open Education Week webcast to get the facts on what Inclusive Access programs mean for your campus, explore how they differ from open models like OER, and examine whether Inclusive Access is “inclusive” at all. Also learn how to access resources and more information from InclusiveAccess.org. …”
In 2020, LYRASIS Research conducted a member survey of predominantly United States (U.S.) higher education libraries to understand the spectrum of attitudes and actions related to Open Access (OA). The results indicated that the U.S. approach to OA is decentralised, lacking the focused trends that are apparent in other areas of the world. The diversity among types of colleges and universities in the U.S. is revealed through discussions about support or lack thereof for APCs, crowdfunding models, preprint repositories, the Subscribe to Open approach, and more. The array of OA approaches that garner support in the U.S. may appear confusing as we strive for scale in our efforts. LYRASIS has used its research findings, in combination with our deep understanding of U.S. higher education libraries, to develop a collaborative approach towards OA that provides multiple incentives and opportunities for libraries serving all types of institutions to engage.
This article, expanding on the LIBER 2021 Conference Presentation of the same name, will outline the results of the survey, the conclusions LYRASIS has drawn, and our work to develop an inclusive approach to a variety of OA initiatives. Our understanding of the landscape of U.S. higher education has led us to develop or support several significant recent OA initiatives, including a fund for OA ebooks focused on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals topics and the establishment of the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP).
“There is a lot of information about Inclusive Access out there, and the higher education community deserves to fully understand the pros and cons. This collection of articles explores the myths versus facts.”