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OER - maybe not a library issue, but...

Open Educational Resources OER

Since the Paris OER Declaration of 2009, OER has been a goal of many countries. UNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning COL and many countries met in September 2017 in Slovenia,  as the 2nd World Congress with a theme or agenda of "OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action. 

So that is the big picture, and educational institutions in North America are also exploring OER for textbook alternatives and curricula support.

There is evidence of the impact of using open textbooks recently released which lists all the effects on students of having to not purchase print or digital textbooks.

Libraries have for years been working with open access journals and digital free ebooks. But this is even a broader context. 

I will write on that OER report shortly.