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Faculty Resources for Instructional Content Affordability

This guide provides a basic overview of resources for lowering instructional content costs (library resources, open educational resources, etc.).

Getting started with Affordable Content

Here are a few ways the Library supports saving students money on textbooks and other instructional content:

  • Library resources (books, video, audio, and images in both print and digital formats)
  • Copyright consultation (including Creative Commons licenses)
  • Open/Affordable content research
  • Research about Open Pedagogy

Contact the Reference Desk at 503.399.5231 or visit the Reference Office 9/211 to set up a consultation with a librarian.

Library resources for Affordable Instructional Content

Library Reserves 

Place a copy of required and supplemental texts on Reserve at the library. Students may check out reserve books, generally for two hours at a time, to use in the library during open hours. This is a great way for students to get access to a text so they do not fall behind while waiting for financial aid or for the bookstore to order additional copies.

College Lending (Textbook Lending Library)

This free service allows students to check out textbooks for an entire term. Textbooks are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Library eBooks

Access and read eBooks online via the Primo Library Search. When prompted, log in with your MyChemeketa username and password. The library does not purchase course textbooks but there may be material in other eBooks that will benefit your students and supplement class readings. Reference Librarians are happy to help you use the Library Search.

Articles, Images, Video and More in Library Databases

Access periodical articles, articles from reference books, streaming video, images and more in licensed library databases. Reference Librarians are happy to help you choose a database, develop search strategies, and talk about how to share articles with your students.

Library Guides with Links to  Course Materials

Library Guides provide a place for students to access research instruction and materials, as well as class readings. The RD85/90 Library Guide is an example of a guide with course readings. The guide has links to the free online text being used for the class, as well as links to supplemental articles. Some articles require the student to log in through the proxy server using a My Chemeketa username and password, others go directly to the article online. Click on the tabs to navigate from page to page. Interested in setting up something for your class? Contact a librarian and we will set up a time to talk about your class needs.

Research Instruction with a Librarian

Contact a Librarian to schedule a class visit. We will tailor the library instruction to work with your assignments and meet the needs of your students.

Copyright Consultation

Contact Reference for first-level assistance on copyright.

Areas of affordability assistance at Chemeketa for faculty

Areas/Groups at Chemeketa that assist faculty with Affordability efforts:

  • Academic Technology and eLearning (TechHub)
  • Chemeketa Bookstore
  • Chemeketa Press
  • Copy Center
  • Innovation Grants via iTAG (Instructional Technology Advisory Group)
  • Student Retention & College Life
  • Teaching and Learning/Opportunity Center
  • Visual Communications
  • Your Dean, Program Chair, and Department


Creative Commons License
This content in this guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included.  We encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.

Credit to Jen Klaudinyi at Portland Community College for the use of their OER LibGuide as a starting point. --Friday Valentine

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