The UT Libraries has created an infographic to help users understand what works are in the public domain in the United States. The work was inspired by this blog post and by the Copyright Information Center at Cornell University and their very helpful public domain chart.
The Center for Open Educational Resources in Language Learning (COERLL) has created a free resource called Introduction to OER for Language Teachers. This resource is designed to help language educators learn more about how to create and share their own open educational resources (OER). OER are educational resources that are… read more
Several of us at UT Austin organized an OER workshop for faculty on January 10, 2019. That workshop was structured around small group discussions. Those discussions were summarized and then questions and comments that came up during the workshop were addressed via the notes so that others could see conversations… read more
Check out our first Texas Data Repository Annual Report, which reports on UT-Austin’s activities in the consortium over the last two years since its launch. https://hdl.handle.net/2152/74154 Some highlights include: • Many upgrades to Dataverse: currently at version 4.9.4 (thanks TDL!!) • 77 dataverses (collections), 430 datasets, and nearly 7000 files.… read more
I’m happy to report that the Senate of College Councils (SCC) passed legislation (S.R. 1808) in support of UT Libraries’ Advocacy for Open Education Resources (OER). With this legislation, the SCC highlights the financial burden caused by high-cost textbooks and encourages the use of OER. OER are free online educational resources… read more
We’ve finally released the Texas ScholarWorks annual report from 2018. Highlights from the past year include: 54 new collections 6,021 new items added Upgrade to DSpace version 6.4 (thanks TDL!) Added over 200 digitized theses and dissertations Check out the report and some of the interesting research in TSW.
A consortium of Norwegian institutions has decided not to renew their Elsevier contract for 2019. They were trying to negotiate an agreement that would move from paying for subscriptions to paying for publishing articles open access (as required by 2024 by the Norwegian government). While there is no agreement for… read more
UT Austin undergraduates engaged in research in libraries, archives, labs, or in the field are eligible to submit an image to the Images of Research competition. Those images should capture the process, outcome, or impact of that research. You may submit up to 3 images and each image should have… read more
This week is Open Education Week! To celebrate, we’re having an Open Textbook Fair in the PCL Lobby. It’s today (March 6th) from 2:00pm-4:00pm. We’ll have a trivia game, a whiteboard to share your textbook thoughts, and some print open educational textbooks for people to check out. There will also… read more
The University of California system is the most recent institution to back away from their Elsevier subscriptions after negotiations failed. UC had been trying to negotiate a deal that would include subscription access to Elsevier journals for their faculty, staff, and students, but that would also include making all UC… read more