We’re Back!

The Scholarly Communications Committee has reconvened, and we look forward to posting content to apprise the UMass Dartmouth campus community and beyond of news and opportunities that surround Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Access, research, and publishing. We will keep a pulse on noteworthy developments in the creation, publication, dissemination, and storage of academic research.

To start, here are a couple of new UMD links to check out:

Provost’s OER page – Promotes the use of OER on campus, lists campus initiatives, provides data about the benefits of OER, and recommends links for finding OER.

Scholarly Communication LibGuide – A library guide that introduces the concept of Scholarly Communication and presents useful resources.

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!


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.


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.

Webinar: Open Textbook Initiatives

Please join us for the following webinar offered by NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Fair Use Committee.

Wednesday, September 17th
Library Viewing room, Room 314

This webinar will focus on the efforts to make textbooks electronically available under free open copyright licenses as part of the broader open educational resources movement.


The Library Publishing Landscape for E-Textbooks
This presentation explores the current landscape for academic libraries’ involvement in publishing e-textbooks, focusing on the Open Access textbook pilot project currently in place between OSU Libraries and Press and the OSU Extended Campus. Participants will learn about challenges and gain some takeaways to assist in investigating their own partnerships.

Student-Funded Textbook Initiative at Kansas State University
For two years, the Student Governing Association at Kansas State University has been the primary funder of the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative. This project awards stipends up to $5,000 to K-State faculty to develop an alternative to the traditional print textbook. To date, awards totaling $96,250 have been made. Over the next year, it is projected that over 12,000 students in 20 courses will not have to buy textbooks in these courses saving students nearly $1,000,000. Of course, every year each open textbook continues to be used these numbers will increase incrementally. This presentation will cover student/library funding of the project, faculty/library collaboration in the initial proposal and initiative, assessment goals, and more recently, interest in the initiative on the part of the president and provost of the university.

Using Open Resources to Expand Access to Education
Boundless began by offering students affordable textbooks created from open educational resources, helping students save money. Today, the company has grown to serve the entire educational ecosystem by curating, creating, and publishing a range of open content. Using open licensing allows Boundless to serve everyone from students to educators to authors by making it simple to access, share, and customize the resources within its platform. This presentation will discuss the benefits of using open licenses in expanding access to education.

Webinar: Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

Please join us for the following webinar offered by NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and sponsored by the UMass Dartmouth Fair Use Committee.

Webinar: Electronic Textbooks: Plug in and Learn

Wednesday, September 10th from 1-2:30 in the Library Viewing room, rm 314

This webinar explores the notion of just what an electronic textbook is. Are e-textbooks an interactive “courseware” website, an application for mobile devices and tablets, or self-contained digital files? Or is there a place for all of these and if so, how do they fit together and combine with a course syllabus?

Topics and speakers are:

Advocating for Change: Open Textbooks and Affordability – Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Open Your Books and Turn to Page 10: Getting Students to Use Their E-Textbooks – Reggie Cobb, Biology Instructor, Nash Community College

A Proof of Concept Initiative: The Internet2/EDUCAUSE Etextbook Pilots – Monica Metz-Wiseman, Coordinator of Electronic Collections, University of South Florida Libraries

New! Fair Use Guide

Copyright, fair use and author’s rights are hot topics in higher education. The Committee on Fair Use created a new online educational guide to help clarify these important, but often confusing, issues. The guide offers links to relevant best practices and resources, as well as current information on educational opportunities here on campus.

Check out this guide if you have questions about the fair use in education or are interested in protecting your own rights when publishing your research in academic journals.

Fair Use Guide: http://guides.lib.umassd.edu/fairuse

Webinar: Fair Use Without Fear in the Academy

The Committee for Fair Use would like to invite you to a webinar made available by the Boston Library Consortium on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from Noon – 1:30PM in the Library Room 426.

“Fair Use Without Fear in the Academy” — February 18, 2014  |  12pm ET.  The third in a series of webinars focusing on open access, copyright, and fair use.  Co-sponsored by ASERL, Boston Library Consortium, California Digital Library, CIC Center for Library Initiatives, Greater Western Library Alliance, Triangle Research Libraries Network, and Washington Research Library Consortium.

More information about this webinar is available here:  http://bit.ly/1m5AMIB

Questions?  Please email: fairuse@umassd.edu