Category: Professional Development

CopyTalk Webinars | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

A free webinar series from ALA with recordings and slides available:

“The OITP Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors CopyTalk, a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more.”

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Source: CopyTalk Webinars | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

Affordable Textbooks Symposium | IUPUI University Library

From IUPUI’s University Library, a symposium on March 9, 2018:

With sponsorship from the Indiana University Office of Scholarly Publishing and UITS, IUPUI University Library is hosting a half-day symposium on affordable course materials. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that IUPUI undergraduates paid $1,204.00 on books and supplies in the 2016/2017 academic year. The high cost of textbooks contributes to student debt, low retention rates, and negatively impacts the quality of student life. This expense adds to the many barriers to success faced by lower income and food-insecure students.

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Source: Affordable Textbooks Symposium | University Library

Open Education Symposium | Florida State University Libraries

From the Florida State University Libraries:

“FSU Libraries are excited to host a one-day Open Education Symposium on March 8th, 2018. The purpose of the symposium will be to raise awareness about Open Educational Resources (OER) and their potential to support student success by reducing textbook costs and creating opportunities for open, learner-centered pedagogy.
David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, will deliver the opening keynote presentation, which will be followed by invited presentations from FSU faculty and students in addition to collaborative breakout sessions.
Registration is free and participants are welcome to attend the entire event or individual sessions in person or remotely through our live webcast.”

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Source: Open Education Symposium | Florida State University Libraries

Upcoming Affordable Education Initiatives Webinars

Interested in exploring Open Educational Resources at a PALNI-supported campus?  Attend an upcoming webinar to learn more about statewide efforts and effective strategies from experts in this field, presented by the PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force.

Open to everyone at PALNI-supported institutions.

Tuesday, 2/27, 11am

Scaling Up OERs in Louisiana: A Statewide Plan for Building a Sustainable Library Effort

Teri Oaks Gallaway, Emily Frank


In Louisiana, OERs have recently become a strategy used by the state legislature to address the rising cost of higher education. This process began with advocacy work led by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, the statewide consortium, and directed at the Board of Regents, the governmental body charged with planning, coordinating, and budgeting public higher education in the state. The Regents provided funds to LOUIS that have allowed the consortium to build capacity and infrastructure needed to support the development of OERs in the state. LOUIS used funds to launch scalable programs and easily adaptable solutions. Using a train-the-trainer model, they quickly built capacity at universities and colleges in the state. Then, they created a structure to provide funds and support for individual academic libraries to begin developing the OER culture locally. Local institutions were able to apply this model to the degree to which they had the capacity and interest to support it. We will review this approach and discuss how this model has allowed multiple stakeholders take ownership of an element of the project and apply leadership at their level while working towards a shared success in the state.

Teri Oaks Gallaway, Associate Commissioner of LOUIS, serves in the capacity of Executive Director for the statewide consortium as well as the project lead for the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative. Emily Frank is the Coordinator of Scholarship and Open Access for Louisiana State University Libraries. She leads the library’s affordable course materials projects, including coordinating local projects under the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative spearheaded by LOUIS.

Tuesday, 3/27, 11am

Effectively Encouraging the Use of OER on Your Campus

Nicole Finkbeiner, OpenStax


Nicole Finkbeiner of Rice University’s OpenStax draws on her experiences working with faculty and schools across the U.S. to highlight the most effective strategies that encourage faculty to adopt, adapt, and create OER while protecting academic freedom. She also walks through a strategic planning model to plan, track, and produce effective and measurable results for our OER initiatives.

Nicole is the Associate Director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative, OpenStax, where she focuses on coaching colleges and universities through the process of developing an OER initiative. She is also the founder of the national Institutional Partner Program, a network of institutions who work together to increase OER use on their campuses while protecting academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges prior to joining OpenStax. When not promoting Open Educational Resources, Nicole fills her time reading, working out, and attending cultural events.

Register for ScholComm in-person meeting 3/2/2018

The PALNI Scholarly Communications Advisory Group (ScholComm) is holding an in-person meeting on March 2, 2018 from 9-3:30 at IWU-North (3777 Priority Way S Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46240).

Anyone employed by a PALNI supported institution who is interested in scholarly communications may participate in this advisory group. Initiatives include open access, scholarly publishing, institutional repositories, affordable education initiatives, and digitization. Please feel free to pass on this invitation to whomever might be interested in scholarly communications at your campus!

Register here. A virtual meeting option is available. Use this link to add to your calendar. Agenda below.

Goals for this meeting:

  • Continue building the scholarly communications community of practice within PALNI
  • Report on action items in progress in ScholComm groups
  • Educate about ScholComm topics
  • Identify and promote ScholComm competencies
  • Identify and develop campus engagement and faculty outreach strategies



9:00-9:30 Coffee and light breakfast

9:30-9:45 Welcome/Introduction and goals for meeting.

9:45-10:45 Invited speakers: Jere Odell and Emily Dill

Odell, J., Palmer, K., & Dill, E. (2017). Faculty Attitudes toward Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Disciplinary Differences on an Urban and Health Science Campus. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 5(1).

10:45-11 Break

11-12:15 Group reports and progress

    • Scholarly Communications Director
    • ScholComm Steering
    • Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force
    • Institutional Repository Task Force
    • PDAT
    • Collections Policy Management Team

12:15-1 Lunch

1-1:30 Pre-reading discussion: What NOT to do when starting a scholarly communications program

Salo, D., (2013). How to Scuttle a Scholarly Communication Initiative. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 1(4).

1:30-2:30 Institutional Repository Development Discussion

    • IR Task Force progress recap
    • Update on Hyku and Islandora products
    • Report from consortia-peer IR meeting at ALA Midwinter meeting
    • Urgency for IR needs
    • Community development vs right-now solution

2:30-3:15 Engaging Faculty Activity related to the following action items:

  • Create a plan/toolkit for campus communication about ScholComm/IR/AEI
  • Develop a faculty scholarly communications needs assessment toolkit
  • Plan and hold a PALNI Scholarly Communications Summit

3:15-3:30 Wrap-up

Dec 6: Adjunct Faculty’s Essential Role in OER Adoption and Degrees – CCCOER

A free webinar from CCCOER:

Join us for this webinar to hear how adjunct faculty can participate and be acknowledged for the essential role that they are playing in developing OER degree pathways at many colleges.

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Source: Dec 6: Adjunct Faculty’s Essential Role in OER Adoption and Degrees – CCCOER

A Look Back at Open Access Week 2017 | ACRL TechConnect

From Margaret Heller via ACRL TechConnect Blog:

This year’s Open Access Week at my institution was a bit different than before. With our time constrained by conference travel and staff shortages leaving everyone over-scheduled, we decided to aim for a week of “virtual programming”, with a week of blog posts and an invitation to view our open access research guide. While this lacked the splashiness of programming in prior years, in another way it felt important to do this work in this way. Yes, it may well be that only people already well-connected to the library saw any of this material. But promotion of open access requires a great deal of self-education among librarians or other library insiders before we can promote it more broadly. For many libraries, it may be the case that there are only a few “open access” people, and Open Access Week ends up being the only time during the year the topic is addressed by the library as a whole.

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Source: A Look Back at Open Access Week 2017

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 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

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

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