Sunday, October 20, 2019

You like free?

October 21-27, 2019 is Open Access (OA) Week!

You see open access (OA) and open educational resources (OER) everywhere...

Screenshot of Primo's search results showing a search filter for open access (OA) and a search result that is OA

 Visual link to How Do I? questions and answers about open access (OA) and open educational resources (OER)

Visual link to the Faculty Guide to OER

Do you like free? Well, when a scholarly article or book is made freely available online for anyone to use, that scholarly item is considered to be open access (OA). When something is OA, that means that it's free to use and free of most restrictions that prevent its use. Since the vast majority of scholarly article publishing is authored and paid for by universities, many scholars want to see their scholarship free for anyone to use. Many educators also want OA since that makes it easier to get information to their students.

Do you like free textbooks? Well, when textbooks, videos, and other educational material are made freely available for anyone to use, those items are called open educational resources (OER). If you'd like to learn more, join us in Larsen 222 on Monday, October 21 at 12:30pm to learn how liberal arts institutions like the University of Redlands are making OER happen on their campuses. Current students, faculty, and administrators are invited!

This year, faculty have an opportunity to apply for a grant to support the use of OER.

If you have any questions, please call 909-748-8022 or email library [at] redlands [dot] edu.

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