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Finding Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital teaching and learning materials that are free for faculty and students to use. Not only can OER materials save students money, but because they are free, they may also increase student access to required readings, films, etc. This has the potential to have a very positive impact on learning outcomes. However, according to Opening the Curriculum, a 2014 study funded by The Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson, “The most significant barrier to wider adoption of OER remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it.” The Scholarly Communications Committee and our campus librarians can make this task a little less daunting.

As you know, every academic department has a librarian liaison. Your liaison can help you identify high quality open educational resources as well as materials available through library subscriptions. Contact your librarian liaison to help you identify course readings or videos. Your liaison may be able to create a list of potential alternatives if s/he is provided with citations of the works you’re currently using with your class. Since these alternatives will be free to the students, you will be saving them money while ensuring that all students have access to the material regardless of the their ability and willingness to purchase the items.

The Scholarly Communications Committee has compiled a guide to OER resources for faculty interested in exploring the topic further.

Best wishes for a successful semester.

Matt Sylvain & Allison Cywin, Co-Chairs of the Scholarly Communication Committee
Committee Email: scholarlycommunications@umassd.edu

Easy ILL Requests with BrowZine

Images of BrowZine If you’re familiar with BrowZine, you know how it makes browsing your favorite journals VERY simple. Now it is even easier. If the full-text of a current issue is unavailable, you can request an article through interlibrary loan (ILL). When you click the “Open” button on iOS devices or the “Tap here to request” link on Android, you will automatically populate an ILL form. It’s that easy! We will get the article for you and have it delivered electronically to your ILL account.

Questions: Send us a message! 

 

 

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Claire T. Carney Library is a 2015 Recipient of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

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Your Claire T. Carney Library is recognized by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association/Library Leadership and Management Association (ALA/LLAMA) as being an example of “excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries.” This is a coveted award in the library world and we are very pleased to have received it. We even more pleased to provide the space for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors!

Senator Warren To Discuss College Affordability – Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

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Chancellor Divina Grossman announced the following exciting news:

“A well-rounded education helps develop an active citizenry. We are very excited for our students and our entire University community to welcome one of our state’s key leaders, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren.

I invite you to join us this Friday, February 20, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m., for a roundtable discussion on college affordability. Hear from our senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts on her advocacy to increase educational affordability and accessibility for students across the Commonwealth and the country.

Where: Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

When: Noon-1 p.m.”

Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs — February 23rd & 24th

Picture of a librarian interacting with online studentsLibrarians at Claire T. Carney Library are offering an orientation to online library services. Sign up for one of two sessions designed especially for students in online programs. Find out how the Carney Library’s staff and resources can help you succeed. The orientation will cover key library services, including the library’s Primo discovery search, free home delivery of books and electronic delivery of articles, registration for a library card/university ID, and the availability of research help and technical support. The orientation sessions are scheduled for Monday, February 23rd  from 6 to 7:00 pm and Tuesday, February 24th from 10 to 11:00 am. Sign-up for the one that best fits your schedule!

The sessions will take approximately one hour and will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate, an online teaching and learning tool. We will email attendees the link to the Collaborate classroom and directions for accessing it. If you’re interested in attending one of the sessions, please complete the online registration form by Sunday, February 22nd. If you’re interested in attending but can’t make either session, feel free to contact us. We will work with you to schedule a time that works for you.

Presenters:

Matt Sylvain, Library Online Support Coordinator
Charlie McNeil, Library Systems and Digital Services Librarian

Feedback from previous attendees:

“The support to online learners is amazing. Every student should participate in the online library orientation. I learned so much that I didn’t realize they could help me with.”

“I did not realize all that was available to the online student. It will definitely make life easier when it comes to research.”

“I almost want to recommend that it should be a requirement to attend – that’s how helpful I found it.”

“The important thing to me is that the orientation made me feel that full on-line students are also part of the library and that you care about us…now I have something else to love about UMassD.”

“Being a returning student with minimal computer resource knowledge, this instruction has made me more comfortable to pursue information and provided the avenues in which I would be able to obtain it.”

InterLibrary Loan Services Are Back Up

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Update 4:00: Illiad and WorldCat are back up! Thank you for your patience! 

Update 11:53: The vendor has determined and resolved the cause of the service issues. They are in the process of bringing services online. The complete restoration may take a few hours.

11:09: The vendor that provides Illiad and Worldcat is experiencing service outages. They assure us that they are working diligently to restore service but have no estimated time for resolution. We will update this message as new information becomes available.

BrowZine Workshop Sponsored By the Office of Faculty Development

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When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Where: Claire T. Carney Library, Room 314
Presenters: Librarians Matt Sylvain and Hilary Kraus

Learn how to use BrowZine to create virtual bookshelves of library journals
on your iOS and Android devices (e.g., iPhones, iPads, Samsung phones and tablets, etc). You’ll see how an established BrowZine library enables you to browse table of contents and access full-text journal articles in just a few seconds. Hear about the use of the app at other institutions and how users can easily share and save articles using tools such as Dropbox, RefWorks and Zotero.

A mobile device is not required for participation, but participants with access to a device are encouraged to bring it.

Lunch will be provided. If you wish to attend, please register through the UMass Dartmouth main calendar.

Library Orientation for Students in Fully-Online Programs – October 6th & October 8th

Library Online Wherever you are! Images of students interacting online with librarianLibrarians at Claire T. Carney Library are offering an orientation to online library services. Sign up for one of two sessions designed especially for students in online programs. Find out how the Carney Library’s staff and resources can help you succeed. The orientation will cover key library services, including the library’s Primo discovery search, free home delivery of books and electronic delivery of articles, registration for a library card/university ID, and the availability of research help and technical support. The orientation sessions are scheduled for Monday, October 6th from 6 to 7:00 pm and Wednesday, October 8th from 10 to 11:00 am. The sessions will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate, an online teaching and learning tool. We will email attendees the link to the Collaborate classroom and directions for accessing it. If you’re interested in attending one of the sessions, please complete the online registration form by Sunday, October 5th. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!

Presenters:

Matt Sylvain, Library Online Support Coordinator
Charlie McNeil, Library Systems and Digital Services Librarian

Feedback from previous attendees:

“The support to online learners is amazing. Every student should participate in the online library orientation. I learned so much that I didn’t realize they could help me with.”

“I did not realize all that was available to the online student. It will definitely make life easier when it comes to research.”

“I almost want to recommend that it should be a requirement to attend – that’s how helpful I found it.”

“The important thing to me is that the orientation made me feel that full on-line students are also part of the library and that you care about us…now I have something else to love about UMassD.”

“Being a returning student with minimal computer resource knowledge, this instruction has made me more comfortable to pursue information and provided the avenues in which I would be able to obtain it.”