Celebrate Open Access Week with a Screening of “Paywall: The Business of Open Scholarship”

In celebration of Open Access Week, the Scholarly Communications Committee is screening “Paywall: The Business of Open Scholarship” at the library. The documentary “questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.”

When: Friday, October 26 2018, 11:30AM-1:00PM
Where: Library 314

Anyone interested in open access publishing is welcome! Bring lunch and questions or ideas about the future of academic publishing.

For more information about the film, visit https://paywallthemovie.com/paywall, where, in true open access form, it is available to watch in full if you cannot make it to the screening.

For more information about Open Access Week and events happening all around the world, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org/events

We hope to see you there!

 

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2nd Annual Northeast Regional OER Summit

Northeast Regional OER Summit LogoYou are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Northeast Regional OER Summit at University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 31 – June 1, 2018. This 2-day event is part of a multi-state collaboration for open education in the northeast region.

The conference welcomes new and experienced OER (open educational resources) advocates  offering the opportunity to learn and share effective practices in awareness building, implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research.

Visit the Northeast Regional OER Summit site for conference details, including registration, costs, schedule, and more.

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CopyTalk Webinars from ALA

CopyTalk Webinars from ALA – http://www.ala.org/advocacy/pp/pub/copytalk

The American Library Association’s OITP Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors webinars about copyright and fair use.  While the main audience is for librarians, they are free and open to the public.  They come out the first Thursday of each month.

Their webinars are also advertised on their “District Dispatch” blog, which has a category devoted to copyright issues.

 

 

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Open Education Week 2018

Open education week 2018

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SPARC Calls on White House to Open Up Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources | SPARC

Source: SPARC Calls on White House to Open Up Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources | SPARC

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The Open Education Initiative at UMass Amherst by Marilyn Billings

The Open Education Initiative at UMass Amherst by Marilyn Billings

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Open Educational Resources by Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

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OER with Shannon L. Jenkins

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Did you know nearly 60% of all students do not purchase a textbook at some point in time?
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) says the average college student will spend $655 on textbooks each year, but with a single textbook easily costing as much as $300, that total can easily be much higher. In fact, the College Board puts the annual cost of books and materials at $1,168 as noted by Tyler Kingkade of the Huffington Post. Open Educational Resources (OER) are an opportunity for decreasing these costs for our students.

A lunchtime discussion with guest speaker Shannon L. Jenkins, Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chairperson where we explore the teaching and learning benefits of incorporating these OER instructional materials. Information on how to get started using OER and creating your own OER is also presented. Click the video below to watch.

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What is OER?

The Hewlitt Foundation (Hewlitt.org) defines OER as:

“OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge”.

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We’ve changed our name….

The Fair Use Committee is now called Scholarly Communications.

The Scholarly Communications Committee is a group of librarians and instructional technology staff who are interested in educating its members and the academic community on guidelines and best practices in copyright and fair use, open access publishing, author’s rights, and open educational resources.

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