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Feb. 18 & 19: Use Open Educational Resources

Posted by isulib on February 18, 2015

Learn. Adapt. Create. OER. Interested in earning some extra money, AND help your students succeed?

Open Educational Resources (OER) may be what you are looking for. Attend one of our workshops, and learn how you can transform your course using freely available OERs. Workshops are open for all teaching faculty – instructors and lecturers included. Light refreshments will be served. Emerging Technology Librarian, Heather Rayl, continues to promote the use of open educational resources (OER). Two sessions this week in HMSU 407:

February 18 or February 19, 2015

3:00 pm4:30 pm

HMSU 407

Contact: OER Workshops – 812-2372150 –


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Library Awarded IMLS Leadership Grant

Posted by isulib on October 27, 2014

Indiana State University Library through its membership in the MetaArchive Cooperative digital preservation network is a research partner for a newly awarded IMLS Leadership Grant: “Preservation & Curation of ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.” Kayla Siddell in her capacity as data curation librarian will represent Cunningham Memorial Library in this important work.

From the grant narrative:

The Educopia Institute, in partnership with University of North Texas, and in concert with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee, Purdue, Carnegie Mellon, Oregon State, Penn State, Morehouse, University of Louisville, and Indiana State propose a two-year project to improve ETD policies and practices around research data and complex digital object management nationally. The project will answer the question: How will institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations?

This project will coalesce, refine, and shift the knowledge accumulation out of its campus or regional contexts and build upon it to create more generalized yet adaptable guidance documentation, shared curation technologies, and corresponding training materials that can be adopted broadly by ETD/IR stakeholders. To document needs and practices across all tiers of higher education, including smaller, less-endowed institutions, the project will conduct descriptive studies (surveys, interviews, and focus groups) and technical analyses (environmental scan, inventory, gap analysis and functional requirements).

The project includes structural and strategic evaluation and outcome measurement activities. These include engaging an Evaluator to advise on data gathering methods and design implementation evaluations; input from the Project Steering Committee and Project Advisory Group; and Partner Site Evaluations followed by a four month Public Review period to gather qualitative and qualitative data on fit-to-purpose, effectiveness, and areas requiring improvement. Feedback will guide refinements in the deliverables.

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Sept. 25 & Oct. 1: Open educational resources workshops

Posted by isulib on September 25, 2014

Learn how to incorporate free open educational resources into your courses. Stipends are available for faculty who want to explore this exciting opportunity. Workshops are open to all teaching faculty – instructors and lecturers included.

Learn. Adapt. Create. OER.

Interested in earning some extra money, and help your students succeed? Open Educational Resources (OER) may be what you are looking for. Attend one of our workshops, and learn how you can transform your course using freely available OERs. Workshops are open for all teaching faculty – instructors and lecturers included. Light refreshments will be served.

September 25, 2014 – 3:30 p.m. @HMSU 407

October 1, 2014 – 3:30 p.m. @ HMSU 321

When: September 25, 2014 or October 1, 2014

Starts at: 3:30 pm    Ends at: 4:30 pm

Where: For 9/25 – HMSU 407; for 10/1 – HMSU 321

Heather Rayl, Emerging Technology Librarian – 812-237-2150



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Workshop on using Open Educational Resources in the classroom

Posted by isulib on September 24, 2013

Please join us for a workshop on how faculty members at ISU are earning extra money by converting their classes to use free open educational resources instead of high-cost textbooks. Discover how students are reacting to the material, and hear from your colleagues their experiences in using these materials in the classroom. Two identical sessions will be held: Tuesday, Sept. 24, noon-1 p.m. at HMSU 321 and Wednesday, Sept. 25, noon to 1 p.m. at HMSU 421. You can get more information and download a flyer at, or contact Heather Rayl, Emerging Technology Librarian, x2150,

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Open Educational Resources Workshops: Librarian Presenting

Posted by isulib on September 23, 2013

Heather Rayl (Emerging Technology Librarian, Systems) will be presenting two workshops on the Open Educational Resources Strategic Plan Initiative this week. Although the information being presented is geared toward teaching faculty, all are welcome to attend to find out more about OERs, and how they are being implemented on campus. Both the workshops will have the same information.

  • Tuesday, Sept 24, Noon, HMSU 321
  • Wednesday, Sept 25, Noon, HMSU 421

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American Historical Association concerns about open access

Posted by isulib on September 24, 2012

The movement toward “open access” publishing — in which scholarly journal articles are available free — is taking off without consideration of the impact on humanities scholarship, says a statement being released today by the American Historical Association.

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Open Access Research Movement at Princeton

Posted by isulib on July 20, 2012

Open Access to research, scholarly articles, etc. is an ongoing ‘hot’ topic. At ISU, Sycamore Scholars is playing a vital role in the process.

Here is a recent article about open access at Princeton:

The movement to make research freely available got a high-profile boost this week with the news that Princeton University’s faculty has unanimously adopted an open-access policy. “The principle of open access is consistent with the fundamental purposes of scholarship,” said the faculty advisory committee that proposed the resolution.

The decision puts the university in line with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a growing number of other institutions with policies that encourage or require researchers to post open copies of their articles, usually in an institutional repository. Unpublished drafts, books, lecture notes, etc., are not included in the Princeton policy, which gives the university a “nonexclusive right” to make copies of its faculty’s scholarly journal articles publicly available.

“Both the library and members of the faculty, principally in the sciences, have been thinking for some time that we would like to take a concrete step toward making the publications of our extraordinary faculty freely available to a much larger audience and not restricted to those who can afford to pay journal subscription fees,” said Karin Trainer, Princeton’s university librarian. She said they had encountered “no resistance at all” to the idea among faculty members.

The new mandate permits professors to post copies of articles online in “not-for-a-fee venues,” including personal and university Web sites. The faculty advisory committee that recommended the policy said that it will keep faculty members “from giving away all their rights when they publish in a journal.”

Authors may request a waiver for particular articles. Addressing fears that the waiver proviso would render the policy “completely toothless in practice,” the committee said that other universities’ experiences showed that journal publishers will often adjust their contracts when an author’s university has an open-access policy. Ms. Trainer said that the policy does not suggest any penalties for authors who do not comply with it.

Career pressure on junior scholars as well as differences in publishing practices among disciplines”mean that some faculty are not in fact going to be in a position to comply with the new policy without asking for a waiver,” Ms. Trainer said. “And we know that.” She added that even faculty members likely to ask for waivers “understood that it was in the overall university’s best interests to have such a policy in place.”

Unlike Harvard, which has established a repository and an upload procedure for researchers to follow, Princeton does not yet have a system in place to help faculty members make their work available. The faculty committee that recommended the policy encouraged the university to establish an open-access repository. “An open-access policy without a ready means for faculty to post their scholarly articles and an equally ready means of retrieval would be of very limited value,” it said. But it also acknowledged that “there are many issues of implementation and resources to be considered.”

Princeton already has a public data-storage archive, DataSpace, but there’s not a lot of material in it yet. The faculty committee said it thought DSpace could be adapted to serve the open-access mandate. “We are still sorting out our options here,” Ms. Trainer said.

Open-access advocates welcomed Princeton’s decision. Lorraine Haricombe, the university librarian at the University of Kansas, said she was delighted by the news. She helped put together the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, or Coapi, to share experiences and open-access strategies. She said the group would invite Princeton to join its discussions. “This shows strong support for what universities do, and that is share their scholarship for the support of the cause and as a public good,” Ms. Haricombe said.

Reposted from Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus RSS feed (9/29/11)

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