There are alternatives to using strict OERs in your course to replace textbook costs. Faculty can use library resources as replacements to textbook content, but library resources are considered alternative OERs. They are not free to reuse and distribute as openly as OERs. Faculty can assign readings in library resources or use an unrestricted licensed eBook in place of a textbook. Students would access these resources by logging into the online library to view, read, and download materials. Some eBooks purchased by the libraries offer an unlimited number of views allowing an entire class to view, read, and download the same eBook as many times as needed during the semester. Contact a librarian to get a list of library eBooks that can be used for this purpose. Copyright law makes it impossible to upload database journal articles to your Blackboard course, but linking to these materials is appropriate and can be done as many times as needed.
Faculty can assign readings from the Internet that are not open access. One would just need to link out to the resource rather than uploading a PDF to Blackboard to avoid any copyright violations. Faculty may also ask the copyright holder for permission to use content in a way that is not strictly expressed under the Fair Use rule that pertains to copyright exceptions (see below for an explanation of fair use). Google Scholar is one search engine that brings back more scholarly results than an Internet search alone. Other databases of scholarly material online can be found at the following repositories.
Below is a list of the major organizations involved in defining OER, investigating OER capabilities, and supporting programs of further development and understanding in the OER movement. It IS a movement. For a better understanding into the history of the open access movement, please look into the following resources: