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Open and Affordable Course Materials

JMU Libraries Publishing Values

  • Providing open, inclusive, and equitable access to knowledge and opportunities for creation

  • Creating more representative and open collections

JMU Libraries shares the Library Publishing Coalition's vision for a scholarly publishing landscape that is open, inclusive, and sustainable. 

Publishing @ JMU

The Scholarly Communications Strategies team can help with your publishing projects:


Create open textbooks! JMU faculty who want to create or customize open textbooks or other course content can use JMU Libraries Pressbooksan easy-to-use tool for creating online books and interactive course materials. JMU Libraries offers the “EDU version” of Pressbooks, which includes features that support teaching and learning.

Publishing at JMU (Pub 101):

JMU Libraries offers an asynchronous aid for faculty authors who are creating open textbooks. This Canvas resource provides a foundation in open textbook publishing and you can go through the modules in order or pop into specific sections as questions arise. Modules include:

  • Introduction, or what we mean when we say “publishing” at JMU
  • Structure, includes an overview of textbook elements and intellectual property
  • Project Management, covers coordinating, scheduling, and vetting
  • Editing, examples of style guides and tools
  • Design, Production, and Marketing
  • Pressbooks, expands on specific features and examples

Click here to self-enroll or contact Liz Thompson ( to be added to Pub 101.

Key Resources

Resources for Creating & Sharing OER

Other Resources:

Choose an Open License

Know the Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons License Chooser Tool

Choose license features to create the license that is best for your publication.

How to Choose an Open License

From the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, this report provides decision points for choosing an open license.