According to Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, a course can be considered --and labeled in the course catalog--a “Low-Cost” course if the combined cost of the required course materials is $50 or less. This label is for courses which use materials that do not fit into the criteria of OER label. For more information on low-cost designations, please see the Implementation Guide of OER and Low-Cost Labeling Policies for Washington Community and Technical Colleges
Licensed e-books, online magazines & journals, streaming media, and other online resources available through the Olympic College Library subscriptions are not considered OER. These resources are restricted to OC students, faculty and staff, and they are already-licensed materials that do not allow for customization and re-use or redistribution the same way as OER.
Although library online resources are not "open," they are available at no extra cost to students. A good example of an OC database with licensed textbooks is ScienceDirect (limit your search results in this database to "books").You can direct students to specific works in library databases by providing "persistent" links that are run through the OC proxy server. Persistent, proxied links are necessary because library subscription databases are only available off campus by logging in with an OC network username and password.
For more information on linking to library resources in your courses as well as course reserves, see our Faculty Guide. For details on legally using library resources as course materials, see our Copyright guide and watch the 5 minute "Library Resources as Course Materials" video below.
Source: "Library resources as course materials" by Open Oregon is licensed under CC BY 4.0