California Senate Bills 1052 and 1053 would create the California Open Source Digital Library to house open source materials while providing a web-based way for students, faculty, and staff to easily find, adopt, utilize and/or modify course materials for little or no cost.  The measure is seen as a way of encouraging professors to use textbooks from the free source rather than subjecting students to paying for new textbook editions and increased prices.


State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, has continued to support the bills because they could have a “potentially dramatic effect” by making “college more accessible and affordable to everyone.”


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