Creating Your Own
Are you interested in creating your own open
source textbook or learning more about the process and work
involved? There are a number of campus
and external resources available to help you as you consider this option and to
bring your ideas to fruition.
Step 1: Consultation
that you first discuss your ideas with your subject specialist in the University
Libraries and with Terry Owen, our specialist
in copyright and open access issues.
librarians can guide you through exploring textbooks that are already
available and to offer advice on how to begin.
Library’s Guide to Open Educational Resources has tools for faculty,
including information about copyright and the types of print and media that you
The University Libraries also operates the
Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM), which allows you to store
and share any open access materials that you produce.
Step 2: Explore
Resources to Help you Produce Your Work
Perhaps there are a number of
financial and other resources available that you can explore to assist in the
creation of your work. Grants or other incentives might be available at your
institution. Also examine participating in the Maryland Open Source Textbook
Initiative (MOST), launched in 2013.
Step 3: Creation
of combining many different types of freely available materials into a single
course-specific "textbook" is rather daunting. A
of products and services exist to facilitate that process, such as
Commons Open Author and
Many also serve as repositories to give you a head start on Step 4.
Step 4: Make Your Work Widely Available
In addition to DRUM, there are a
number of existing open source textbooks repositories that you can use to more
broadly disseminate your work.
are the most well known, but review
list for some of the other major players. Getting a
Commons license for your content furthers your cause, as this means your
content will appear in a
search for openly licensed resources.
Step 5: Publicize
University Libraries can assist in promoting and marketing your work both
locally and nationally.