Category: Open Access

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

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

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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