The George Fox University Open Textbook Initiative

In the first year since Robin Ashford (E-Learning Librarian) and Gloria Doherty (Hybrid-Learning and Education Technology Director) launched the Open Textbook Initiative at Fox, faculty members saved George Fox students a total of over $118,000 in the 2016-2017 academic year. Kudos!

Supported by the university’s Innovation Fund, the initiative:

  • gave faculty an incentive to explore replacing expensive course textbooks with open (free) textbooks
  • allowed Fox to join the Open Textbook Network, which curates a collection of quality, peer-reviewed, open textbooks available to the world through the Open Textbook Library

Visit these slides to learn why open textbooks and textbook affordability matters at George Fox, along with detailed results of the initiative.

The initiative will be funded for a second year. Contact Robin ( to get involved or learn more.

Each participating faculty member wrote a review of one of these textbooks; some went on to adopt them for their courses.

Faculty who published Open Textbook Library reviews:

Aida Ramos, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Student Success Coordinator
Text Reviewed: Introduction to Sociology 2e
Text adopted for: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology
Davida Brown, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Faculty Athletics Representative
Text Reviewed: Chemistry
Text adopted for: CHEM 211 General Chemistry
Jennie Harrop, PhD
Chair, Department of Professional Studies
Text Reviewed: Writing for Success
Text adopted for: Adult Writing LACC 101 (ADP)
Rae Casey, PhD
Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership
Text Reviewed: Organizational Behavior
Michelle Shelton, MA
Assistant Professor of Professional Studies
Text Reviewed: Introduction to Psychology
Text adopted for: PSYC 150 (ADP)
Anna A. Berardi, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Director, Trauma Response Institute
Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Text Reviewed: Principles of Sociological Inquiry – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Text adopted for: TRMA 571-573 Trauma Research
Tom Head, MS, MA
Professor of Economics
Text Reviewed: International Trade: Theory and Policy
Adopted as supplemental text for: BUSG 507 MBA Economics
Chengping Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor of Finance
Text Reviewed: Personal Finance
Winston Seegobin, PsyD
Director of Diversity
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Text Reviewed: Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences
Text adopted for: PSYD 541 Multicultural Psychotherapy

Other faculty who adopted open textbooks and contributed to student savings:

Chris Koch, PhD
Chair of the Undergraduate Psychology Department
Director of Assessment
Professor of Psychology
Introductory Statistics
Text adopted for: PSYC 240 Statistical Proc
Research Methods in Psychology 
Text adopted for: PSYC 391 Research Methods
Debby Thomas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management
Principles of Management
Text adopted for: MGMT 260 Principles of Management
Carlisle Chambers, PhD
Chair, Department of Biology and Chemistry
Text adopted for: CHEM 211 General Chemistry
Jing Hao, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Text adopted for: CHEM 211 General Chemistry
Davida Brown, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry
Text adopted for: CHEM 110 Chem & Environment
Michelle Shelton, MA
Assistant Professor of Professional Studies
Writing In College: From Competence to Excellence
Text adopted for: LACC 102 Adult Writing II
Cindy Anderson, ADP Adjunct
Leading with cultural Intelligence
Text adopted for: LACC 285 (ADP) Soc/Cult Diversity

Key facts for Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 

  • number of open textbook adoptions at George Fox: 13 (10 replace prior required texts)
  • number of students in courses with savings: 611
  • Total student savings: $118,855

Thanks to all faculty for your good work!

Helping with textbook affordability is a George Fox Library goal. George Fox librarians look forward to working with faculty colleagues to provide high quality educational resources to students while saving them money.

Visit the Library Textbook Affordability Program page to learn more. Feel free to email Robin Ashford ( with any questions.

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Workshop on “History & Art of the Western Book”

The George Fox library invites you to The History & Art of the Western Book, a workshop led by Isaiah Cox, an antiquarian book collector.

Isaiah Cox

The workshop will discuss the development of the book from the 15th to the 21st century, and will include real examples from across seven centuries.

Topics will include:

  • medieval manuscripts and the role of Christian monasteries and scribes in the dissemination of information
  • Renaissance era ecclesiastical manuscript production
  • the introduction of the printing press and early books
  • craftsmanship of binding
  • and more

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to examine manuscripts and books.  

The workshop, which is open to all students and employees, is at 7:00 p.m. on April 20, 2017 in the Murdock Learning Resource Center’s study rooms 101 – 103.

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LibQUAL Survey Gift Card Winners

Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 LibQUAL Library Survey!

Library faculty and staff will be reviewing responses and written comments in the coming months.  We appreciate our patrons’ willingness to offer feedback on library collections, services and spaces.

Gift Card Winners

Congratulations to the following Amazon card winners, whose names were randomly drawn from all who took the survey and entered their email address.

$50 Gift Card:

  • Nathaniel Klump

$25 Gift Cards:

    • Darryl Brown
    • Mary Kate Harmon
    • Mason Koch
    • Katy Lines
    • Katie Miller
    • Jair Reitsma
    • Jamie Spalding
    • Jake Thiessen
    • Jessica VanWinkle
    • Wade Wilson
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Watch Performances of Shakespeare’s Plays Recorded Live in the Globe Theatre

Globe on Screen



Be sure to check out George Fox Libraries’ newest database, Globe on Screen from Drama Online.

This offering provides easy access to world-class performances of William Shakespeare’s plays recorded live at the Globe Theatre in London.  Simply click on a play title to launch a high-quality streaming video.

The collection currently consists of 20 plays, including:


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Library Book Sale — Hurry In!

MLRC New Books Shelf

MLRC New Books Shelf

The MLRC maintains an ongoing book sale on shelves just outside the multipurpose/group study rooms (101-103) on the main floor. 

Hard cover books are typically $1.00 and paperback 50 cents, although at times book prices may be reduced.

Please stop by and browse — there are some great finds to be had!


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St. John’s Bible Again on Display at the MLRC

George Fox Library is again blessed with the privilege of displaying a volume of the beautiful and acclaimed Saint John’s Bible (SJB).  The internationally renowned work is one of just 299 editions the first Benedictine-illuminated Bible in 500 years – The Heritage Edition.

Last year we had Volume 6: The Gospels and Acts.  For the next few months the first volume of the seven-volume set, the Pentateuch, will reside on the main campus at the MLRC.

A member of the Biblical Studies faculty will be on hand each Friday afternoon at 4:00pm for a “turning of the page” session during which they will provide information and answer questions.


Prof. Emeritus Howard Macy showing the Pentateuch














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Browse New Publications in Your Discipline


With the increased presence of ebooks in academic libraries, many still enjoy the simple pleasure of browsing through shelves of publications recently added to the collection.

To make it easier to browse new titles regardless of where you are we’ve created New Acquisitions webpages for every major academic discipline at Fox.

Pages show the books, ebooks and media items selected by library and teaching faculty purchased in the past academic year.


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Improved WorldCat Interface Makes ILL Easier

Did you know that you can access materials way beyond what you find at GFU & Summit libraries in Primo?
worldcat-disc-searchA significantly cleaner and more user-friendly interface is now available for WorldCat, the massive library search system with records from thousands of library collections in the U. S. and Canada.

It’s recommended that you search for physical materials George Fox Primo first, as you’ll get items much faster if Fox or one of our Summit partners has it available.

However, WorldCat is a great source for locating print books and media that are difficult to find.  As the name suggests, it is very broad in scope, both in terms of geography and subject area coverage.

You can request WorldCat materials through the Library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) service.  Submit requests from within the WorldCat record, or by manually completing the web form at



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acl-conf-logoLast week George Fox hosted the 60th Annual Conference of the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) a professional association made up of evangelical library professionals from across the U.S. and abroad.

Over 150 attendees enjoyed a full week of workshops, presentations, community worship, shared meals, prayer walks, games and sightseeing.

This was the first group to use the university’s new Canyon Commons facility, which was
lauded both for its aesthetic beauty and its functionality.

Post-conference feedback has been very positive, with some veteran members ranking it among the best ACL conferences ever.

Here’s a Facebook post from ACL president Frank Quinn:


Big thanks to our colleagues in Event Services, Bon Appétit, Plant Services and all others around campus who worked hard serving our guests!

Check out photos from the conference, as well as this video made by an attendee:




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Love at the Library

Perhaps it’s due to spending time in the presence of great romantic novels and collections of love poetry.  Or the elegant new fireplace and sitting area on the main floor.  Or could it be the influence of chocolates from the candy jar behind the Circulation Desk?

Whatever the cause, love occasionally blossoms among student workers at the MLRC.  And once in a very great while, that love grows so strong and deep that it leads to something permanent, something profoundly holy and beautiful.  It leads to a couple making a commitment to share the rest of lives together as husband and wife.


Christopher Parks proposing to Sara Boettcher

On Sunday afternoon March 6th, former student worker Christopher Parks returned to the MLRC and proposed marriage to current student worker Sara Boettcher.  He did it on bended knee, in front of the fireplace, with a single red rose in hand.  Old school, and timelessly stylish.

Please join the GFU Libraries in offering Christopher and Sara our very best wishes  for a life together filled with deep joy.

May God richly bless the happy couple!



She said yes — and likes the ring!

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