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Faculty Guide

Guide to effectively using library resources and services at HIU.

Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. (Wikipedia 3/19/2020)

Publishing Models

Traditional Textbooks

  • Publisher pays the author
  • Publisher charges students
  • Students pay the publishers for textbooks
  • Copyright is retained by the publishers

External Funding

  • Government, foundations, or consortia grant funding to Institutions
  • Colleges/Universities print textbooks
  • Authors are paid by their Institutions
  • Copyright is licensed through Creative Commons
  • Students are not charged for textbooks

(Open Education Network)

Additional Resources


​​​​​​​Journal Article

Parker, Jeanette A. Open Education Resources and the Academic Library. (2021) The Christian Librarian 64:2.(

Collections of Textbooks

Glossary of Terms

New online educational resources are picking up steam not only with online instructors but also traditional on-ground professors. What does it mean to have a DRM free resource? What is OER? Here are some important terms to understand when choosing online readings for students.

  • eBook (electronic book) - a book publication in digital form. 
  • eBook readers - devices for reading eBooks (such as Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook) designed to allow reading of specific proprietary eBook formats.
  • DRM (Digital rights management) refers to access control technologies for restricting the use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works.
  • DRM-Free eBooks with unlimited access to users with no restrictions on printing, saving, or copying.
  • OER (Open Educational Resources) are teaching, learning and research materials that are freely accessible for use, adaptation, and redistribution with little or no restrictions. (UNESCO)