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Volunteer with Open SUNY Textbooks

Do you appreciate high-quality Open Educational Resources?

Do you have a keen eye for editing and proofreading?

Are you a subject specialist that knows citation styles like the back of your hand?

Consider becoming a volunteer copy editor or proofreader with Open SUNY Textbooks!

Open SUNY Textbooks is an IITG-supported grant project working hard to publish amazing textbooks by SUNY faculty authors! This collection of 27 textbooks will be completely open and free for students and libraries around the world–but we are small operation and need your help! We want to make sure these texts are the highest quality possible for SUNY students and resources that you are proud to talk up to students and faculty.

Check out our already published works. So far our subjects cover literature, anthropology, biometrics, web development, real analysis, and information literacy, with many more to come!


How you can help:

First and foremost, read about our project, and tell others about us and our books! We are also on facebook and greatly appreciate likes & shares.

Secondly, subscribe to our volunteer listserv (choose “Subscribe to this group”), where we will post projects; when a textbook is ready for copy editing or proofreading we will send a call for volunteers. Copy editing involves careful reading for spelling, grammar and punctuation, polishing up writing for clarity, and ensuring the correct style guide is followed. Proofreading involves reading through the text right before it’s published to catch any last minute snafus. Basic training will be provided.

Consider gathering a small group of willing persons in your library or professional network and dividing up a project! If you are willing but not able to commit to a full-length book we can match you with other volunteers to edit a book chapter by chapter or even simply to coordinate other volunteers. This option is great for busy librarians with excellent communication skills!


Why should you help?

Libraries and librarians know the power and importance of Open Educational Resources. By volunteering your time you’ll:


We appreciate your time and hope you enjoy our textbooks!

For more information about volunteering contact: Allison Brown,