Libraries and Collections

UCLA Library Affordable Course Materials Initiative

This pilot initiative encourages instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, Library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves. Awards are available of $1,000 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than two hundred students and of $2,500 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of more than two hundred students. Collection development awards may also be designated to build or enhance library collections in support of specific courses.

The financial sums are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take instructors to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses incurred by the instructor. Each applicant must be the instructor of record, and the courses must be for enrolled students (i.e., not UCLA Extension courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level.

The initiative has been endorsed by the Office of the UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the UCLA Academic Senate.

Application Process

Applicants fill out a one-page form and attend a workshop at which Library staff members introduce search strategies and possible sources for open-access or low-cost instructional resources. Applications are reviewed by a small committee of UCLA Library staff members and UCLA faculty honored for their teaching accomplishments.

Each awardee is assigned an individual librarian, who works personally with him or her to locate course materials and engage other Library experts as needed. At the conclusion of each awarded course, the instructor is asked to complete an assessment in order to determine the initiative’s pedagogical and financial impact.

Applications for courses to be taught during the Winter 2015 quarter are due Friday, May 30. Applications for courses to be taught during the Spring 2015 quarter are due Friday, October 24. The application period for courses to be taught during the Fall 2014 quarter has closed.

Further information on the application process is available online.