Library-Licensed Materials (LLM)
The FAU Libraries owns or has subscriptions to many materials that range from books, eBooks, streaming videos, and more. FAU instructors can assign these as required readings and embed its permanent URL (PURL) in their Canvas course page.
Differences between Traditional OER and Library-Licensed Materials
Traditional OER is freely and openly available, and often with Creative Commons (CC) licenses or other permissions with conditions of use. Library-licensed materials generally do not have the CC licenses as traditional OER. When they are available, library-licensed materials can be used in place of commercial textbooks or readings. They can also help affordability by with providing students with zero-cost course readings and materials.
Library-licensed materials are subscription-based with terms and conditions of their use. Unlike most OER, they are not freely available online. Library-licensed materials, however, are available to current FAU affiliates. They can be used as assigned or supplemental learning materials and can be available to students by the first day of a course.
Examples of Library-Licensed Materials in a Course
Availability of Materials
Not all books or videos may be available or can be purchased by the FAU Libraries as library-licensed materials. Their availability can vary for the following reasons:
Contact your library liaison who can assist with identifying availability and your options.
Best Practices for Using Library-Licensed Materials
1. Check the FAU Library Catalog for the availability of materials during the term of your course. Due to licensing terms and conditions, restrictions may apply:
2. Embed its durable or permanent URL (PURL) in your Canvas page. Instead of using the web address in your web browser for a source, look for its PURL. The PURL will work while the web browser address may work only for the time you viewed it.
For more guidance on embedding LLMs into your Canvas page, see Faculty Resources and Services Guide - Link to Resources.
3. Consult with your library liaison if you need assistance. Your departmental librarian can assist or identify your options with the following:
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Did you know the FAU Libraries has its own digital collections? Use materials from these collections as assigned or supplemental readings.