Library (Leased) Educational Resources (LER) are generally not considered to be Open Educational Resources (OER) since they are usually purchased or licensed and are not openly accessible in the public domain. But, LER are openly accessible via user authentication to the community of card holders for that particular library! By using these LER, such as ebooks, online journal articles, and streaming media, you can lower textbook costs for students. These are high-quality, often peer reviewed resources that students can access at no additional cost.
LER can support affordability efforts on campus when used to replace an expensive traditional textbook.
Before using LER resources for your class, you must check for copyright and/or licensing restrictions, and be aware that not all LER (especially ebooks) allow for multiple, simultaneous users. Reach out to your NSU Librarians for help or questions related to this and adding LER content to your courses.
FY19 NSU Libraries Collection Development Policy
NSU Libraries Support of Affordable/Free Textbooks for Students
The updated NSU Libraries Collection Development Policy allows us to purchase* print and ebook licenses for textbooks, including multi-user classroom licenses!
*Purchases dependent on budget availability and library vendor access to materials.
Request or suggest a purchase using the NSU Libraries Suggest a Purchase online form.