The Rutgers University Libraries Open and Affordable Textbook (OAT) Program

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The Rutgers University (RU) Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program provides $1,000 incentive awards to faculty who commit to redesigning or developing a course to use open or affordable course materials. This can include replacing a traditional textbook with open educational resources (OER), library-licensed materials, course reserves, self-developed materials, or a combination of these. It is a university-wide initiative, but this paper will focus on the impact on students in the health science programs. In many cases Health Sciences faculty went beyond using open educational resources by developing their own and making them freely available to their students and others. As of 2020 it is estimated students in the health sciences have saved $285,218 through the use of open materials and sustainable course design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-302
Number of pages11
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Academic library
  • medical education
  • medical library
  • medical school
  • open education resources


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