Open-sourcing learning resources in Management Department | Virginia Tech Daily | Virginia Tech

“[M]embers of the Management Department have coordinated with Anita Walz, assistant director of Open Education and Scholarly Communication librarian, to make a management degree more affordable. And they’ve done so, recently releasing Virginia Tech’s adaptation of “Strategic Management” as an open textbook….”

Implementing Affordable Educational Resources (AER) and Open Educational Resources (OER) | LSU Libraries News & Notes

“LSU Libraries offers numerous resources and services to help modify courses to make them AER/OER compliant. We offer:

More than 400,000 AER book options for faculty to adopt for courses:;
An online guide with information about the mandate and the support:;
Individualized consultation services provided by subject librarians for every discipline to help faculty navigate:
The resources available to identify and adopt high-quality OER/AER course material for each discipline;
Assistance obtaining this material and making it available;
Consultation about copyright considerations;
An institutional repository for hosting books and articles by LSU faculty; …”

Creative Commons Virtual Global Summit: Visions for the Next 20 Years: Reflectio…

“Panel discussion and Q&A session on the big picture of open education, featured select members of the Open 2020 Working Group and invited guests. This Open 2020 Working Group – educators, innovators, thought leaders, activist practitioners, and funders – began meeting in May 2019 with a goal to put forward new, ambitious, and practical recommendations for the future of open learning. We asked: what are key opportunities for open resources and technologies to further support and enhance an equitable, accessible knowledge ecosystem? The educational and social disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic have only added momentum and urgency to our original charge….”

Outreach and Support Coordinator | Library Innovation Lab

“We’re hiring an outreach and support coordinator to help us meet the exploding need for library-powered open educational resources and web archiving tools.

You’ll take the lead in sharing and supporting H2O, our platform for open legal textbooks and other resources. You’ll be the main point of contact for faculty using H2O at Harvard, and you’ll be deeply involved in our efforts to work with colleagues at other schools and libraries to support widespread use of H2O. You’ll also be working closely, in an editorial capacity, with a small number of faculty authors preparing print versions of their open textbooks.

In addition to your work on H2O, you’ll be an important part of the team working to support, our web archiving service, and to adapt it to critical new use cases, such as fact-checking and journalism….”

University Libraries Presents: 2020 Open Educational Resources Colloquium | Stony Brook University Libraries

“The following presenters are recipients of SUNY’s OER grant creation initiative.

David McKinnon is a professor in Stony Brook University’s Neurobiology department. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Neurobiology and Physiology. He will be presenting on the creation of his interactive OER textbook.

Gena Sbeglia is a research assistant professor in Stony Brook University’s Ecology and Evolution Department. Her research concentration is on the complex interplay of cognitive, affective, psychosocial and institutional factors that promote and inhibit meaningful learning of fundamental biological concepts.

Ross Nehm is a professor in Stony Brook University’s Ecology and Evolution Department. He is the Principal Investigator of Biology Education Research Lab. The BER lab conducts basic and applied research on human reasoning about evolutionary, ecological and biological concepts in order to improve understanding of living systems.

Gena and Ross will be presenting on their OER creation of a Matter and Energy Digital Assets for Learning (MEDAL) for gateway biology classes at SUNY. MEDAL is an OER library that contains an array of modular digital learning assets suitable for gateway biology classes….”

COVID-19 forces college libraries to quarantine textbooks, hitting low-income students

“During the spring, many publishers made access to digital course materials free to ease students’ transition into remote instruction. But that offer was temporary. At Santa Fe Community College, for example, students are still learning remotely and do not have access to print materials in the library.

Valerie Nye, library director at the community college, described her struggle to find a solution in a recent webinar hosted by the Association of College and Research Libraries. She described how her institution is now working with a company called BibliU to provide students with access to digital textbooks. She noted, however, that this is being funded by CARES Act federal stimulus funding and may not be a sustainable option for the library in the long term….

Allen and Gumb, who are proponents of open educational resources — freely accessible and openly copyrighted course materials — feel that this VitalSource offer isn’t sufficient.

“It’s a Band-Aid on a much bigger problem,” Allen said.

In the future, Gumb said she will be stepping up her advocacy efforts for OER, encouraging faculty members to develop their own course materials or adapt existing materials to their own needs….”

Open Peer Review: Part 2.2 Open Data

“The lead editorial team for Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Culture: Law, Economics, and Publishing (ACRL, forthcoming 2021) is happy to launch the open peer review process for Parts 1 and 2 of the book with the Open Data section, edited by Brianna Marshall. We’re rolling these sections out as they’re ready rather than sequentially, so reviewers will benefit from taking a look at information about Part 1 and other sections of Part 2 to understand how this section relates to the others, and the whole. As with all the Part 2 section editors, Brianna has assembled a stellar group of contributors, and we’re deeply grateful to all of them for sharing their knowledge and time to help the book be the best resource it can be. Now you have the opportunity to contribute to that goal by providing feedback on their draft. Brianna introduces the section and guiding questions below, along with links to the drafts and info for reviewers. The big guidance we want to reinforce is to be the reviewer you wish you had by providing thoughtful critical feedback without berating or belittling. -Josh, Maria, and Will …”

Book – OER + ScholComm

“The OER+SC project team of Maria, Will, and Josh are in active development of an openly-licensed introduction to our profession, to be published by ACRL in 2021. Scholarly Communication and Open Culture was conceived as an open textbook of scholarly communication librarianship, which we hope may be a vehicle to increase instruction on SC topics in LIS programs, as well as serve as a resource for continuing education. The idea of the book was the cornerstone of our initial collaboration, and we’ve discussed it with and benefited from feedback from so many valued colleagues and mentors, so it’s very exciting to see it coming to fruition.

The book will consist of three Parts. Part 1 defines scholarly communication and scholarly communication librarianship, and provides an introduction to the social, economic, technological, and legal backgrounds that underpin and shape scholarly communication work in libraries. Part 2 begins with an introduction to “open”, broadly conceived. We’re privileged to be working with four amazing section editors, who are developing sections on different permutations and practices of open. Read more about them and their vision for their sections below: …”