At its heart, the LibreTexts project is designed to serve as a community effort to lower the financial burden placed on students, while simultaneously encouraging educators to come together to create, and curate quality OER to help them succeed in their courses.
The LibreNet is a new consortium dedicated to ensuring the long term sustainability of the LibreTexts project. LibreNet membership provides enhanced access to even more great features on the LibreTexts platform, as well as giving open education advocates a voice in future enhancements and improvements.
Delmar Larsen, LibreTexts Founder and Executive Director, and Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis, began what we now call LibreTexts as the Chemwiki in 2008 because he was tired of asking his Chemistry students to pay hundreds of dollars for commercial learning resources. He also knew open educational resources (OER) could help his students save money and succeed in his course because he could adapt them directly to his students’ needs. Delmar understands firsthand the transformative power of education, crediting his own education for lifting him out of poverty while experiencing homelessness, living in his dad’s truck behind a Denny’s.