To put it simply:
Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. (Peter Suber, “Open Access Overview”)
Introductions to Open Access:
Through Digital Commons, the USF Library publishes, preserves, and promotes faculty publications, student theses and dissertations, conference and event proceedings, open access journals, and textbooks . With more than 7 million downloads from over 200 different countries, publications on Scholar Commons reach the global research community.
If you would like more information about Digital Commons, or if you're a member of the USF academic community (current students, faculty, or alumni), get in touch! You can find contact information here. We'll help explore your ideas.
The Textbook Affordability Project (TAP) promotes awareness of textbook affordability issues and provides solutions to ensure that course materials are up-to-date and satisfy academic needs, while remaining affordable to students. TAP finds potential open access textbooks for students and faculty to freely use, and also coordinates with Scholar Commons' Open Access Textbooks collection.
Innovative Education's Open Access E-Text Pilot is a partnership with the USF Libraries. The goal of this partnership is to develop new and novel open access textbooks to be used by USF students and faculty, and by the worldwide academic community. The first product of this partnership was published in 2016: The Inside, Outside, and Upside Downs of Children's Literature: From Poets and Pop-ups to Princesses and Porridge.