The checklist below is written for library staff working with authors initiating a new open textbook publishing project.
In the Initiate stage of an open textbook project, you’ll need to:
- Ensure you and your authors understand what an OER is and how it differs from other types of educational resources.
- Communicate the benefits of adapting and creating OER to prospective authors.
- Know what tools and websites are available for finding open textbooks authors can adapt.
- Support authors with finding discipline or course-specific open textbooks.
- Ensure you and your authors understand what copyright means and how it differs for open textbooks.
- Ensure you and your authors understand when to seek permission to use third party content.
- Ensure you and your authors understand how baseline rights (like those in Creative Commons licences) work.
- Ensure you and your authors understand when to acknowledge creators.
- Ensure you and your authors understand what an open licence is and how this differs from other types of copyright licences.
- Ensure you and your authors familiarise yourself with the different types of Creative Commons licences and how they all work.
- Help your authors find and connect with potential co-authors.
- Help authors determine what resources and support they’ll need for their open textbook project.
- Ensure authors are aware of any funding opportunities or in-kind support your institution offers for authoring open textbooks.
- Encourage eligible authors to apply for a CAUL OER Collective Open Textbook Grant.
Adapted from ‘Checklist’ in Authoring Open Textbooks by Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.