Two Linn-Benton Community College representatives have been named Open Oregon Educational Resources Champions for their work in making open resources available to students.
LBCC recipients are Lawrence LaJoie, who manages the college's campus store, and Richenda Hawkins, instructional services and reference librarian.
According to the OER website, http://openoregon.org/oer-champion-awards/, Lajoie received his award in the category of Partnership with Bookstore.
"Lawrence has been a true partner in helping find affordable solutions for Linn-Benton Community College," the award notice states. "He works hard to find the least expensive options from publishers. He shares information with the library about which faculty have adopted low-cost or open textbooks and provides data to inform the library’s cost analysis tracking."
LaJoie is a member of the college's Textbook Affordability Committee, which helps with decisions and policies that reduce the cost of textbooks for students.
"He has been an integral part of helping Linn-Benton Community College save $1 million dollars. He has been so successful in these efforts that he is now restructuring the bookstore to find new sources of revenue," the website states.
Hawkins was nominated in the category of student savings, mentorship and collaboration. She received two nominations.
The award honors Hawkins for being instrumental in helping Linn-Benton Community College achieve $1 million dollars in student savings.
"She established a tracking system with the bookstore and almost singlehandedly has been responsible for tracking savings across the college. She started and chairs the Textbook Affordability Committee which is working to sustainably institutionalize low-cost and affordable textbook options," the website states.
"Richenda has been successful in bringing stakeholders such as the bookstore, students, administrators, instructors and library staff to work in a collaborative way. Through her willingness to mentor and share information with other librarians in Oregon, Richenda has been a leader in the movement to get libraries involved with providing affordable textbooks."