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SB-1053 Public postsecondary education: California Digital Open Source Library.(2011-2012)

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) The cost of attending California’s public colleges and universities has skyrocketed in recent years. While fees often tend to be the most visible cost, other costs not related to tuition, such as the cost of textbooks, significantly burden both students and their families.
(2) For example, the average annual student budget for textbooks at California’s community colleges can be almost 150 percent of the cost of tuition. Recent studies show that, due to the cost of textbooks, many students forgo purchasing them altogether. For many students receiving the Cal Grant B stipend intended for books and other living expenses, such as transportation, rent, and food, their entire stipend may be spent on textbooks alone.
(3) With open education resources (OER), California can offer students in strategically selected lower division courses the highest quality textbooks and related materials at no cost online or for about $20 per textbook in hardcopy.
(4) OER will bring California’s college and university experience into the 21st century while providing students and their families with sorely needed financial relief and providing faculty more flexible and dynamic tools to enhance student success.
(5) As the state moves towards OER, students and families can be provided immediate relief with more access to textbooks available on reserve at campus libraries.
(b) It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature to create the California Digital Open Source Library to serve as a statewide repository for high-quality digital open source textbooks and related materials.

SEC. 2.

 Section 66408 is added to the Education Code, to read:

 (a) The California Digital Open Source Library is hereby established, and shall be administered by the California State University, in coordination with the California Community Colleges, for the purpose of housing open source materials while providing an Internet Web-based way for students, faculty, and staff to easily find, adopt, utilize, or modify course materials for little or no cost. The California State University shall also act in coordination with the University of California in administering the California Digital Open Source Library if the regents act, by appropriate resolution, to authorize the university to participate in the administration of the library.
(b) All material in the California Digital Open Source Library shall bear a creative commons attribution license that allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based upon the digital material while still allowing the authors or creators of the material to receive credit for their efforts.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the public postsecondary educational segments assist and support faculty in choosing lower cost, more flexible, and dynamic alternatives such as open source textbooks and related teaching tools. Nothing in this section shall be construed to mandate faculty use of any particular textbook or related materials.
SEC. 3.
 Sections 1 and 2 of this act shall become operative only if funding for the purposes of this act is provided in an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute, or through federal or private funds, or through a combination of state, federal, and private funds.
SEC. 4.
 This act shall become operative only if Senate Bill 1052 of the 2011–12 Regular Session becomes operative on or before January 1, 2013, and establishes the California Open Education Resources Council.