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Call for Nominees for 2022 Textbook Heroes

by Laura Gleason on 2022-09-06T16:29:00-06:00 in Library Science, Education | Comments

Icon figure wearing a cape of a Textbook HeroDo you know an instructor, student or administrator who champions textbook affordability?

Textbook Heroes are members of the ISU community who have promoted or adopted low-cost or free course materials, including open educational resources (OER), helping ISU students save on the cost of materials and showing an outstanding commitment to student success.

Nominees can be an instructor who has adopted OER, a student who has advocated for OER, or someone who has supported OER in an administrative role at ISU.

Honorees will be recognized by the library as a Textbook Hero and a letter of appreciation will be sent to the hero’s relevant dean or department chair; they will also receive an invitation to give a talk about their textbook affordability work during ISU Open Education Week in Spring 2022.

Please use the Textbook Hero Nomination form to submit your nomination by October 7th, 2022. More details about eligibility are provided below.


Self-nominations are accepted, and previous Textbook Hero honorees may be recognized again for new affordability projects they undertake. The project does not have to be initiated or completed in 2022 to be considered for the honor.


Instructors who are eligible have made a notable effort which may include (but is not limited to) the following types of effort:

  • Creating open educational resources (OER), which are openly published educational materials which are not under traditional copyright (i.e. under a Creative Commons license)
  • Creating free online course materials under traditional copyright
  • Adapting existing open content to a new course context (i.e. updating/revising existing OER)
  • Adopting existing OER (with no changes) for use in their course
  • Adopting the use of collective (e.g., library) resources with licensing terms amenable to sustained ISU use as alternatives to course materials containing severely restricted access terms
  • Adopting low-cost affordable resources (leading to a substantial reduction in course material costs)
  • Other notable efforts


Students are eligible who have made a notable effort which may include (but is not limited to) the following types of effort:

  • Raising awareness of OER or textbook affordability issues on campus,
  • Creating open content or hosting an event related to creating open content
  • Assisting faculty with creating OER
  • Working with student government and/or administrators to promote awareness or adoption of OER or affordability-related policies
  • Other notable efforts


Administrators are eligible who have made a notable effort which may include (but is not limited to) the following types of effort:

  • Advocating OER for inclusion in Promotion and Tenure documents
  • Encouraging faculty to use OER
  • Providing administrative support to enable faculty to adopt OER
  • Providing funding to help the creation/adoption of OER
  • Helping with identifying funding sources and applying for grants
  • Organizing and promoting campus OER events
  • Participating in SBOE workgroups or committees
  • Sponsoring, hosting, or helping to organize a workgroup, committee, presentation, or continuing education
  • Other notable efforts

In all points above, OER should be understood to include existing library resources as well as affordable (low-cost) course materials that may be under copyright.

For more information about the Textbook Hero honor, please contact

Are you interested in creating your own open educational resource, or publishing a free ebook? ISU now has the Pressbooks publishing platform available for all faculty, students and staff!
Learn more about Pressbooks here.

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