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Abstract

Since 2016, OhioLINK, Ohio's higher education library consortium, has defined affordable learning as a strategic initiative. Our affordable learning initiatives have evolved from advocacy and outreach largely around open educational resources to a multi-pronged approach that includes many different strategies for reducing the cost of course materials. At our recent Ohio Affordable Learning Summit, OhioLINK and its member libraries presented on a diverse array of strategic affordable learning initiatives and a menu of options that colleges and universities could choose from in order to pursue making learning more affordable. This second Ohio Affordable Learning Summit was an evolution from previous affordable learning events which intentionally divided efforts to promote open educational resources from efforts to negotiate with commercial publishers to provide deals on inclusive access materials. This year, OhioLINK combined the two and promoted a comprehensive affordable learning strategy led by our collaborative relationship with member librarians. If the goal is making college more affordable for students by reducing the cost of textbooks and course materials, OhioLINK, as a network of libraries, is well-positioned to promote many different paths toward that goal and to give librarians options as they work with faculty to find the best way to make learning more affordable.

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