In 2019, Portland State University partnered with OpenStax to provide students with free, peer-reviewed online textbooks. At the time, PSU was one of 10 schools nationwide selected to participate in the OpenStax Institution Partnership Program designed to increase the use of open-licensed online textbooks.
Now, that work — and the resulting program PDXOpen — has garnered global recognition. Elsevier, a Netherlands-based organization focused in research publishing and information analytics, named PSU the winner of the 3rd Annual Karen Hunter Memorial Award. The Karen Hunter award recognizes collaborations that advance information dissemination using technology. The award comes with $5,000 and support to attend the 2021 Association of College & Research Libraries Virtual Conference, where the award will be formally recognized.