URL Added > JISC > Call for Participation: Institution as e-Textbook Publisher

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at IASTATE.EDU
Fri Feb 21 16:08:32 EST 2014

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UK-based But ... Possibilities for U.S. ?


February 28 2014

We are today releasing a new call inviting UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) to participate in a three year national project to explore the viability of institutions becoming e-textbook publishers.

The project is looking to assess the following question:

Will the institution as e-textbook creator help students by providing a more affordable higher education, and promote a better, more sustainable information environment for libraries, students and faculty?

To participate in this call, bidders are required to:

Read the call documentation carefully

Submit a proposal that meets the requirements as listed in the call. This includes a project plan, risk register, budget and documentation to demonstrate your team’s skills and expertise.

Given that the focus of this call is on colleges and universities becoming publishers of e-textbooks, all bids must be led by one or more FECs or HEIs. To be clear, it is possible for institutions to group together to collaborate. In addition, FECs/HEIs bidding may subcontract parts of the work to other bodies (such as a university press, open access publisher, open source technology developer etc).

Successful bidders will be required to:

demonstrate knowledge and experience of current and recent e-textbook practice and developments in the UK and elsewhere in the context of current pedagogic practice

produce two e-textbooks with appropriate functionality

document and cost the processes and staffing required to produce them

release and disseminate the e-textbooks using a specific business and licensing model

provide reports at the end of each year

participate in the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and results to the UK education sector

How to submit a proposal:

Read through the Call for participation: Operational Requirement and the annexes

All bidders must register intent to submit a bid by emailing procurement at ja.net

All clarifications must be raised via procurement at ja.net

Submit your proposal by 5 March 2014 at procurement at ja.net

Download the Call for participation and annexes below


Source and Links Available Via:

[ http://digital-textbooks.blogspot.com/2014/02/jisc-call-for-participation-institution.html ]

Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
150 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011

OATs: Open Access Textbooks



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