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v29 #4 Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues | Against The Grain

From Josh Bolick,  Maria Bonn, and Will Cross via Against the Grain:

The open educational resources (OER) movement is growing at a rapid pace — not as rapidly as prices for textbooks have risen over the course of the last decades, and not rapidly enough to yet meet the exigent needs of students, many of whom take educational risks to alleviate costs by forgoing required materials.1  As discussed in last year’s Against the Grain special issue,2 in order to support those students, libraries and librarians have become staunch advocates for open education and open textbooks.  Yet, our community often still relies upon commercial textbooks for our own professionalization.  This is especially true for legal issues like copyright and privacy, which — when they are offered at all — often borrow textbooks that reflect the overpriced nature of law school textbook prices.

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Source: v29 #4 Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues | Against The Grain

Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites | Yoon | College & Research Libraries

From Ayoung Yoon and Teresa Schultz via College & Research Libraries:

Examining landscapes of research data management services in academic libraries is timely and significant for both those libraries on the front line and the libraries that are already ahead. While it provides overall understanding of where the research data management program is at and where it is going, it also provides understanding of current practices and data management recommendations and/or tool adoptions as well as revealing areas of improvement and support. This study examined the research data (management) services in academic libraries in the United States through a content analysis of 185 library websites, with four main areas of focus: service, information, education, and network. The results from the content analysis of these webpages reveals that libraries need to advance and engage more actively to provide services, supply information online, and develop educational services. There is also a wide variation among library data management services and programs according to their web presence.

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Source: Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites | Yoon | College & Research Libraries

Open Access Without Tears – 2017 Edition | Library Babel Fish

From Barbara Fister/Library Babel Fish blog:

A couple of years ago, I wrote up a few ways you can make your work open access without breaking the bank, breaking the law, or risking your reputation. In honor of Open Access Week, I thought I’d review and update those suggestions. It seems especially timely, given how routine it has become for some academics to post their articles on ResearchGate and Academia.edu and how, suddenly, publishers are seeing this as a serious threat. You don’t want to rely on a commercial startup to share knowledge, especially if it leads to take-down notices. There are plenty of good options.

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Source: Open Access Without Tears – 2017 Edition | Library Babel Fish

Open Education: From Resources to Practice – ANU Online Coffee Courses

A short online course from Australian National University:

During Open Education Week in March this year, the coffee course ‘Open Educational Practice: An Introduction’, introduced OER and some of the foundational considerations to ‘adopting’ open education. In this upcoming course, you’ll explore some of the deeper issues surrounding open education; specifically, practical decisions and questions that should be asked when developing, reusing, and collaborating on open education activities. Each day the facilitators will provide stimulus for reflection and group discussion, as well as a synthesis of the previous days’ discussion.

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Source: Open Education: From Resources to Practice – ANU Online Coffee Courses

DPLA Exchange Offers Library-Centered Ebook Marketplace – DPLA

By DPLA Interim Executive Director Michele Kimpton, Ebook Consultant Micah May, and Ebook Program Manager Michelle Bickert

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is proud to unveil a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks. The DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), will allow staff at six pilot libraries to log in and start selecting ebooks from over a hundred thousand licensed titles and thousands more that are openly-licensed.  The new program will be administered through a partnership with LYRASIS, which will provide the hosting and other technology resources.

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Source: Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » DPLA Exchange Offers Library-Centered Ebook Marketplace

Copyright Basics for Cultural Heritage Collections – Indiana Memory DPLA Hub

From Indiana Memory DPLA Hub:

  • Who: Greg Cram, the copyright attorney from New York Public Library
  • What: Copyright workshop sponsored by IMDPLA and The Indiana Album
  • Where: Indiana State Library
  • When: Monday, November 6, 2017 from 9:00-4:30
  • Why:

Feeling confused about copyright? As more of our cultural heritage is digitized and made accessible online by collecting institutions, users are encountering a bewildering variety of information about the rights in digital objects. Recognizing the need to standardize this information, DPLA and Europeana have developed a set of twelve rights statements that are simple, descriptive, and flexible. These statements can be found at RightsStatements.org.

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Source: Copyright Basics for Cultural Heritage Collections – Indiana Memory DPLA Hub

CC Certificates spring into action – Creative Commons

From Creative Commons:

In order to better teach open tools and practices to communities around the world, Creative Commons has developed open educational resources and a certification program called the CC Certificate.

Of course, the underlying course content will be freely available to the public and CC-licensed, including text, images, and videos. The content covers Creative Commons as a whole – the organization, the tools, and the movement. We are treating this as a chance to tell the full story of what CC is and what we do. The materials include sections on the basics of copyright law, many of the ins and outs of CC licenses, practical information about how to use the licenses and how to use CC-licensed work, information about the values connected to use of CC, and case studies about what it looks like in the real world. For a full preview of the course topics, see the current syllabus here.

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Source: CC Certificates spring into action – Creative Commons