Affordable Learning Projects: Round 6

Affordable Learning LOUISiana is now seeking proposals for Round 6 of our Affordable Learning Projects. These projects are funded to help promote the use of no-cost or low-cost materials in the classroom, thereby saving students money. Round 6 projects will cover the 2018 spring and summer semesters.

Current Projects

Curriculum Driven Acquisitions (CDA)

  • LOUIS provides funds to member libraries to acquire course adopted eBooks to add to collections.
  • We assist libraries with identifying eBooks available for library purchase, developing return-on-investment models, and completing and understanding license agreements.
  • We also assist libraries in making library eBook purchase discoverable to faculty and students through library systems including through the SirsiDynix integrated library system and the EBSCO EDS discovery system.

Textbook Lists

  • LOUIS provides data analytics support to its member libraries to identify course adopted eBooks that are available for campus purchase.
  • Institutional data is analyzed against current physical and electronic holdings to support library reserves programs.

Open Educational Resources

  • LOUIS member libraries support open educational resource adoptions through their participation in the LOUIS Open Textbook Network (OTN) leaders project. 
  • Currently 58 librarians, faculty, and staff have participated in an OER immersion program to assist their campuses with OER adoptions.
  • Through the LOUIS & Louisiana Board of Regents OER Curriculum Alignment Project Fellows program, librarians have identified and mapped open textbooks available to be used in the majority of the state common curriculum.

Technology Support

  • The LOUIS team is comprised of highly-trained library programmers and developers.
  • We support libraries in utilizing existing LOUIS supported technology infrastructure to expand affordability initiatives at their campus.