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Dear AL$ Coordinators,

The next AL$ webinar will be a joint meeting of AB798 and AL$ implementation strategies in support of course materials’ affordability programs on your campuses.   If you are not implementing AB798, plan to join the webinar around 12:30 if you wish; otherwise, we will see you at noon.


Topic:              A joint AL$ and AB798 Progress Update webinar


Date:               Tuesday, March 28th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM



Or Telephone:  Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)


Agenda:           1st 30 minutes:  AB 798

  • Update on AB798 funds distribution.
  • Preliminary AB798 Report due June 30, 2017.  Review Report template.
  • Questions regarding AB798 implementation.
  • Share AB798 successes so far.
  • Reminder to utilize and share ideas via multiple online resources.
  • Questions/Comments.


2nd 30 minutes:  CSU AL$

  • A brief OLC Collaborate and AL$ meeting recap & resources.
  • Review AL$ 2017-2018 AL$ RFP questions.
  • Share current results for ALS faculty survey.
  • A think aloud with Fullerton AL$ Coordinators Shelli Wynant and John Carroll re: their recent OER day eventMore Pics.
  • Reminder/review of events folder on shared google drive; best practices for planning campus ALS event.
  • Questions/Comments.


If you have any questions, please let us know.




Director, AL$



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So how can technology help university systems and institutions address these discoverability and access challenges? This webinar will examine how academic leaders are using emerging technologies to unite digital libraries, OER and licensed content under a single platform for more efficient use by faculty and students.

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Register for the webinar.

The June webinar topic will focus on how the campus bookstores facilitate cost savings’ strategies on course materials for CSU students.   For example, the SDSU bookstore’s  Immediate Access / Opt Out Textbook pilot has significantly lowered course materials’ costs by negotiating a set price for students in selected courses. 

Todd Summer, SDSU’s bookstore director and Sandy Ehrhorn, AL$ special consultant will share an overview of how your campus might approach a similar cost saving’s model.  They will also address how your campus store can add value and contribute unique skills to your campus’ AL$ efforts. 

Webinar Outline:

  • Sandy Ehrhorn @ the Chancellor’s Office AL$ and Todd Summer @ SDSU Aztec Shops will share the strategies the campus bookstore can facilitate reducing the cost of course materials for your students.

Date & Time:  Wednesday, June 1 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Online Access:  via ZOOM 
(Optional:  Dial in: 415 762 9988 Meeting ID: 7332019400)

Please forward this announcement to appropriate constituents on your campus.  If you have any questions, contact


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