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By: Jennifer Bazeley on: October 21, 2014 10:19 am | bazelejw small twitter logo@@jwbazeley

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

They’re teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be textbooks, courses, lessons plans, videos, software, lab notebooks, or any other material that supports access to knowledge.

Why are they important?

Traditional print textbook costs have risen at triple the rate of inflation over the last ten years, even though technology has created new opportunities to bring these costs down. Students often end up paying more than $1,000 a year for textbooks that are used only for one course and become outdated quickly. OER are an alternative to traditional textbooks that can help to lower student costs for higher education.

How can undergraduates support the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) at Miami University?

Ask your professors about using OER in the courses you are enrolled in!

Visit the Creative Commons Education web page at http://creativecommons.org/education. There you can watch videos, read case studies, and get up to speed on ways we can solve the problem. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) also maintains a web page with extensive information and resources about OER at http://www.sparc.arl.org/issues/oer.

Get involved with OhioPIRG Students

Ohio Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Students is an independent, statewide student organization that works on many issues of concern to students, including the high cost of textbooks. At the OhioPIRG Students’ website at http://ohiopirgstudents.org/ you can get involved in making textbooks more affordable by signing the Textbook Rebellion Petition (http://ohiopirgstudents.org/campaigns/oh/make-textbooks-affordable) or even starting a PIRG chapter on Miami’s campus.

Get involved in Open Education Week

With support from CELTUA and the Miami University Libraries, a group of 16 Miami faculty members, students, staff, and librarians have been exploring issues surrounding OER. Open Education Week takes place March 9 – 13, 2015, and the group is looking for students to help make the week a success. Kirsten Fowler serves both as ASG  Secretary for Academic Affairs and as a member of the group exploring OER. To get started, email Kirsten about your interest at fowlerkk@miamioh.edu.

Follow the conversations on Twitter

Follow @miamiuoa, @miamiulibraries, @R2RC, and @SPARC_NA to keep up with ongoing developments about open access and OER. #oaweek

 
By: Andy Revelle on: October 20, 2014 10:03 am | revellaa

Generation Open LogoAre you Generation Open?

Are you tired of hitting paywalls when you're doing research? 
Are you frustrated with the high price of textbooks? 
Do you want to share your work openly with others across the world? 


If so, then YOU are Generation Open. Join the Miami University Libraries and institutions around the world as we celebrate Open Access Week from October 20th through October 26th. Stop by the "Generation Open" table to talk about the issues and learn how you can help create a more open system of scholarship.

Monday, October 20th, 10am – 5pm: Armstrong Student Center

Tuesday, October 21st, 10am – 4pm: Bell Tower

Wednesday, October 22, 10am – 4pm: Armstrong Student Center

Thursday, October 23, 10am – 4pm: King Café

For more information see http://bit.ly/MUOAWeek or talk to any librarian. And follow the conversation on Twitter at #oaweek. Follow @miamiuoa@miamiulibraries@R2RC, and@SPARC_NA to keep up with ongoing developments about open access. Also, watch this blog all week for additional posts relating to open access.

By: Laura Birkenhauer on: September 16, 2015 5:09 pm | crosbylm small twitter logo@LMBirkenhauer

Couldn't make it to the inaugural book club meeting? No problem! Sign up to attend our second meeting of the year, November 11 from 6-7:30 pm: http://tinyurl.com/Q9DYMJW This time around, in keeping with the YA theme, we’re reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. 
 
Inspired by The Prestige by Christopher Priest and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke, and beginning as a National Novel Writing Month Project for Morgenstern, The Night Circus chronicles Le Cirque des Rêves, an awe-inspiring circus that is only open at night, and a competition between its two dueling young magicians, Celia and Marco. Celia and Marco soon find themselves falling in love – but, unbeknownst to them both, this is a dangerous game in which only one can be left standing. Lovers of fantasy, magic and romance will enjoy this award winning bestseller and debut novel! 
 
Register to attend at http://tinyurl.com/Q9DYMJW. A limited number of free copies of the book are available, and refreshments will be provided! 
 
We hope to see you there!
 
book cover of The Night Circus
 
Join our Goodreads.com group and continue the conversation at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/145115-second-year-book-club
 
This event is cosponsored by the University Libraries, Second Year Programs, and the Family Fund. 
 
By: Eric Weaver on: September 16, 2015 6:08 pm | weavered

Miami community members have access to Naxos Music Library, a streaming database which includes over 100,000 CD-length classical, jazz, and world music recordings. If you don't know where to begin, here are some suggested 2014 releases from allmusic.com's editors. (Note: 5 simultaneous users are allowed.)

Sacred Verdi album cover

Antonio Pappano - Sacred Verdi
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=5099998452750

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Robert Spano - Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Tapiola
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ASO1004

Manfred Honeck / Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=FR-707SACD

Barokksolistene / Bjarte Eike - The Image of Melancholy
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=BIS-2057

Jakob Lindberg - Jacobean Lute Music
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=BIS-2055

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta - Glière: Symphony No. 3 "Il'ya Muromets"
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=8.573161

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda - Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CHAN10802-03

Jenny Lin / Stravinsky: Solo Piano Works
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=Steinway30028

Lisa Friend / Mark Kinkaid / Anna Stokes - Luminance: Solo and Duo Works for Flute & Piano
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CHRCD073

The Brodsky Quartet - New World Quartets
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CHAN10801

Anima Eterna Orchestra / Jos van Immerseel - Ravel: Ma mère l'oye; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=ZZT343

L'Arpeggiata / Philippe Jaroussky / Christina Pluhar - Music for a While: Improvisations on Purcell
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=825646397242

Leif Ove Andsnes / Mahler Chamber Orchestra - The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=886443876699

Teodor Currentzis - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=886443899575

Jonas Kaufmann - Schubert: Winterreise
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=886444231572

Anonymous 4 - David Lang: Love Fail
http://miamiuni.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=CA-21100

 

See more suggestions here:

http://www.allmusic.com/newreleases/editorschoice/

 

By: Marcus Ladd on: October 06, 2014 8:41 am | laddmm

Mark Levy, at right

Mark Levy, at right

During the summer of 1964, the Western College campus in Oxford, Ohio served as the training ground for a remarkable undertaking: the coordinated and determinedly peaceful effort to register African-Americans to vote in the hostile and heavily segregated state of Mississippi. Most of the volunteers were white college students who felt a personal calling to support the civil rights of beleaguered African-Americans. A few were themselves African-Americans. Three young men – two white, one black – left Oxford for Mississippi and were never seen alive again.

But there was more to that summer than those three tragic deaths. There were many acts of individual courage, many acts of connection and enlightenment, and many lives, both of Mississippi residents and of volunteers that were forever changed by the experience of that summer. Next weekend about 50 of those volunteers will return to Oxford to remember that summer and to share the impact on their lives during a special reunion and 50th anniversary conference.

On Friday, Oct. 10, three of them will share their stories with us in a panel presentation, “Telling Our Stories: Building the Freedom Summer Legacy,” beginning at 4:15 p.m. This panel serves as the Second Annual Special Collections Lecture, highlighting the Freedom Summer Archive in the Western College Memorial Archives.

Carole Gross Colca, in front with children

Carole Gross Colca, in front with children

Our three guests – Carole Gross Colca, Mark Levy and Roland Duerksen – have all donated personal materials to the Freedom Summer Archive. During the panel presentation they’ll talk about the impact of Freedom Summer on their lives, as well as why they felt it was important to preserve and share the documents of that experience.

The fall exhibit in the Special Collections gallery showcases materials they have donated. “Stories of Freedom Summer from the Western College Memorial Archives” will be on view before and after the panel presentation and through the remainder of the semester, until December 12.

Please join us on October 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a fascinating presentation, followed by a reception and an opportunity to view the exhibit and interact with our speakers. The event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Brice
Assistant Dean for Technical Services & Special Collections

Prof. Roland Duerksen, at right behind children

Prof. Roland Duerksen, at right behind children

By: Anonymous on: August 10, 2016 9:51 am | Anonymous

This year is the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Miami community has come together to learn about and reflect on the events in 1964 that began here in Oxford, Ohio. The Libraries is proud to sponsor the Freedom Summer Conference as well as share our collections in an effort to gain an appreciation for our local connection to an important time in the civil rights movement.

Members of the Miami and Oxford communities have a unique opportunity to participate in the Freedom Summer Conference taking place October 11-14.  The opening session will be moderated by Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries. The discussion includes many tremendous speakers who will share their experience and insight into the civil rights movement. Join us as we honor the bravery and sacrifice of the Freedom Summer volunteers and learn how we can continue to advocate for the rights and freedoms of all people.

For the complete conference schedule and to register, go to:

http://westernarchives.lib.miamioh.edu/freedomsummer/conference/

For information about our Freedom Summer collections, go to:

http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/FreedomSummer

 

Opening Session: Monday, October 13, 9-10:30 a.m.

Marcum Center 180-186

“Understanding the Past, Building the Future”, with Raymond F. Gorman, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, introducing a conversation between contemporary civil rights activists about the role of the civil rights movement in past and present.

Moderator: Jerome Conley, Miami University Dean of Libraries.

Panelists: Charles Cobb, Brown University; Sylvia Golbin Goodman, The Andrew

Goodman Foundation; David Goodman, The Andrew Goodman Foundation; Tom

Dutton, Miami University; Gloria Wade Gayles, Spelman College; Rev. Clifton

Kilpatrick, community organizer and pastor, Zanesville, Ohio; Hanan Sabea, The

American University in Cairo.

 
By: Anonymous on: August 10, 2016 9:51 am | Anonymous

Today is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and is a time to celebrate the accomplishments, heritage and culture of Hispanics.  September 15th is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in 1821, and followed shortly thereafter by Mexico, Chile and Belize. If you would like to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month, see this site by the Library of Congress.

We honor these Hispanic authors whose works are in the Miami University Libraries' collection.  Choose an author you haven't read and add them to your reading list!

Isabel Allende

Julia Alvarez

Jorge Luis Borges

Sandra Cisneros

Paul Coelho

Julio Cortazar

Junot Diaz

Carlos Fuentes

Mario Vargas Llosa

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Esmeralda Santiago

 

 

 

By: Anonymous on: August 10, 2016 9:51 am | Anonymous

Do you want to learn more about Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement?  Keep the conversation going!  Miami University Libraries offers a wealth of resources from books and digital collections to video and audio items.  These resources have been compiled in one place for your convenience.  Contact any librarian if you need assistance in locating these items!

 

http://libguides.lib.miamioh.edu/FreedomSummer

By: Marcus Ladd on: June 11, 2014 7:41 am | laddmm

Please note that, as of June 1st, the URL of the Bowden Postcard Collection Online is http://digital.lib.MiamiOH.edu/postcards.

It's been about a year since the project first began, so I thought now would be a good time to review the latest updates to the Bowden Postcard Collection Online. As I wrote about in November, this digital collection is being developed from the donation of roughly 480,000 postcards by two friends and Miami alumni: Clyde N. Bowden and Charles Shields. The project began last summer with a pilot that used a handful of cards from each state in Bowden's collection. These cards were digitized, given metadata records, and added to CONTENTdm - our digital content management system.

One of the Oxford, Ohio, postcards being pulled from the cabinet.
One of the Oxford, Ohio, postcards being pulled from the cabinet.

In the year since we began, we have digitized nearly 2,200 postcards, mostly from Ohio. There have been some setbacks along the way, most notably the recognition in December for a need to revise our already existing metadata records. At the same time, however, we have also made great strides forward. Clyde N. Bowden, the donor and namesake, was very excited to hear about the project and has given us a very generous donation to fund the current Ohio-focused work. His was not the only positive feedback we have had, either. Since joining the Commons, our digital collections' Flickr account - of which the postcards represent a substantial portion - has averaged between 10-20,000 views a day, and the number of monthly hits we have received in CONTENTdm for the full collection has likewise increased several times over. One particularly memorable response was from someone who recognized his father in a photograph used for one of the Oxford postcards.

The work of creating card numbers and sorting the cards in the Shields collection was made significantly easier thanks to his labels.
The work of creating card numbers and sorting the cards in the Shields collection was made significantly easier thanks to his labels.

In addition to his financial contribution, Mr. Bowden also donated to us several boxes of books about postcards, books of postcards, and other postcard-related miscellanea. We are also receiving another generous donation from the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the form of roughly 500 postcards from their own collection - many of them being from the mid-20th century Middle East.

So where do we go from here? Thanks to Mr. Bowden's donation, we are able to investigate commercial digitization which will save a significant portion of our students' time and labor, allowing them to focus on creating the metadata records and adding them to the collection online. We also are expanding our operation and bringing on a third student this summer to help with the work. With the digitization outsourced and the extra help, I am anticipating having over 5,000 postcards online by the end of 2014. Once we have completed the roughly 8,000 postcards remaining in the Bowden collection, we will add the Ohio postcards from the Shields collection. My goal for the project is to complete both collections' Ohio cards - about 15,000 in total! - by the end of spring 2016. I have also created a Twitter account - @bowdenpostcards - to track new postcards being added to the collection. Although currently inactive for the summer break, I look forward to seeing the account continue to log the latest additions to the collection, including a fascinating postcard flipbook from early 1900's Portsmouth, Ohio (watch a video of it on the Special Collections blog here).

Finally, as part of the aforementioned metadata revisions, we have narrowed the geographic location of each card - sometimes even to a specific street or building! Using this new information, we are developing a map to visualize the data in the collection. The map will be created using the Leaflet JavaScript Library, as well as some homegrown PHP and MySQL. In order to gather the necessary information from the CONTENTdm database, I wrote a script that queries the API for information about each item. This information is then pushed to a SQL database on one of our library's server - and in turn will be used to populate the map. The script itself is set to run on a weekly basis to continually update the SQL database. By preloading all the responses from the API, we are able to significantly reduce the time required to load the map. I am hoping to deploy the map by the end of June, so keep an eye on the collection!

Proof of concept for postcard map
Proof of concept for postcard map

Happy browsing.

Marcus Ladd
Special Collections Librarian & Postcard Czar