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Great Savings on African-American History Database!

In celebration of Black History Month, Infobase is offering a great deal on their African-American History Online database. From now until February 28th, WiLS members can get this excellent resource for 35% off of the list price.

African-American History Online offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into an era through the Topic Centers. Read more

Celebrating 700 Days on The Medalist List: APA, Baker & Taylor, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Mitinet Library Services

In addition to our vendor partners who have spent more than 1000 days there, there are a number of others who have spent more than 700 on WiLS’ Medalist List, our vendor partners who have kept their yearly price increases at or below 3%.  Read more

Academic Product Spotlight – January 2018: BioOne Complete

Bioone_LogoEach month, WiLS highlights a product to raise awareness of our many group and consortium purchase offerings. We’ll tell you about the offer, about the product and even provide some information that you can drop right into your own newsletters, blogs or websites.  This month, we’ll be talking about BioOne Complete from BioOne. Read more

“E”ffordability Summit 2018 Announced

The Call for Presentations and Registration is open for University of Wisconsin-Stout‘s “E”ffordability Summit for “anyone concerned with the cost of educational materials.” Read more about the “E”ffordability Summit programs, submit a presentation by February 1st, and register to attend by February 15th! The Summit will be held March 26-27.

Libraries, Presses, and Publishing Survey

In July of 2017, a team of researchers carried out an ARL SPEC Survey. The survey gathers information on the breadth of practice taking place at the intersection of research libraries, presses, and publishing, and on the blurring of boundaries as libraries engage in publishing and press activities in new ways. We haven’t had a chance to absorb it yet, but want to share the survey itself and a webinar put on by the authors with anyone interested in this large and growing part of what libraries do.

Peter Suber on BOAI 15

The Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) turned 15 years old this year. As 2017 comes to a close, Richard Poynder, a scholarly communication journalist, asked the following question of several leading voices in the movement: “what should the stakeholders of scholarly communication be doing now to fully realise the vision outlined at the Budapest meeting?”

We’re still reading many of the responses, but wanted to point out that 0f Peter Suber, philosopher, professor and Open Access advocate. Suber is Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and widely regarded as the de facto leader of the open access movement. Suber’s response is thorough, wide-ranging and comprehensive. It’s broken down into advice for researchers, institutions, librarians and even publishers. It’s well worth a read!


Alverno Open Reserve Textbook Collection

In a recent article in College & Research Libraries News, Alverno College librarian Dolores Skowronek described a new pilot project being undertaken by the library. A recent survey indicated that 62% of Alverno seniors had gone without a textbook due to cost. The library wanted to try to help students with textbook affordability.

As Skowronek points out, “offering Open Educational Resources (OER) and other textbook alternatives would be ideal, however, advocating for campus-wide acceptance and implementation of OER can be a lengthy and time-consuming process.” So, in order to offer immediate relief from the financial burden of expensive textbooks, Alverno librarians chose to offer a physical textbook collection.

We think this is a great idea worth sharing. While WiLS is strongly in favor of OER initiatives, we recognize that there can be obstacles to implementation. Skowronek’s article details their process in building this collection as a step in the right direction towards helping students with this urgent need. It’s also yet another great example of just how important the campus library is!

Roundup of Statewide Textbook Affordability Initiatives

Library Collaborations AND Open Educational Resources? There’s so much here to love! In a recent Library Journal article, Steven Bell identified just a few of the exciting initiatives being undertaken in other states to promote state-wide acceptance of open educational resources. It’s a quick but inspiring read with ample links to the initiatives themselves. It’s certainly worth reading as similar conversations are happening here in Wisconsin.

OCUL Whitepaper on Open Educational Resources

The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) recently announced the availability of its white paper on Open Educational Resources (OER).

The white paper was written in response to increasing OCUL membership interest in OER and potential roles for libraries in this endeavour. From September 2016 until October 2017, an OCUL OER working group undertook an environmental scan and analysis of current activities in open education publishing in North America, with a focus on the province of Ontario.

The white paper focuses on the current teaching and learning environment for both university students and faculty; an environmental scan of national and international OER initiatives among libraries; survey results and analysis of OER as carried out by OCUL member libraries; and a primer on OER and open publishing terminology.

You may read more about this initiative, plus download a copy of the white paper, from the project webpage on the OCUL website.