Open Education Week 2021: March 1-5

Welcome to Open Education Week 2021! Open Education Week (OE Week) celebrates learning about open education and actively sharing Open Educational Resources (OER). The Library is committed to OER adoption and creation, and we hope you’ll be able to take a moment this week to explore the possibilities that open education offers! What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that allow for free use and repurposing of educational content. Why OER? Lower the cost of higher education and save students money Provide equitable access to instructional materials Find new ideas, activities and resources posted by…

New Code of Best Practices in Fair Use from American University

Fair Use is an essential component of copyright law for digital scholars. Digital scholarship often involves using content that others have created in order to critique, comment, or teach. The new Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OER from the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University provides a framework for thinking about Fair Use in the context of creating new scholarship and open educational resources (OER). The Code highlights the importance of Fair Use as a right for all users and creators, and debunks notions that Fair Use is a “loophole” in copyright law….

New OA Option from Cambridge University Press

University of Washington authors have a new option for Open Access publishing with Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press is waiving UW author Open Access fees for some of its journals, allowing authors to make their articles open to all readers on the publisher’s platform without cost. Authors will not have to pay the usual Article Processing Charge (APC) for research articles published OA in Cambridge University Press’s hybrid and gold OA journals. This option has been made possible through a recent agreement between Cambridge University Press and the Orbis Cascade Alliance (including the UW Libraries). A list of eligible…

Resource Highlight: Open Student Work Guide

A powerful approach to both digital scholarship and pedagogy includes foregrounding and openly publishing student work. The Library’s Open Student Work Guide can help! Open student work is an opportunity for students to create tangible products that they can share, gain experience with engaging in public conversations, and potentially connect with community partners or learn new technologies. But student agency must be centered in processes and products when working in open pedagogy and open scholarship environments. Students have the right to control their own intellectual property in all cases.  The Library encourages a student learning component around open scholarship and publishing…

“Our Favorite Books of 2020” from PressbooksEDU recognizes Badass Womxn in the Pacific Northwest

PressbookEDU’s first annual “Our Favorite Books of 2020” has recognized UW Bothell’s Badass Womxn in the Pacific Northwest zine.  In the words of Pressbooks staff: “Oh, and also these two student authored books are legit awesome:” China’s Magical Creatures by Tineke D’Haeseleer and student contributors Badass Womxn in the Pacific Northwest from University of Washington by UWB Zine Queenz – PressbooksEDU, “Our Favorite Books of 2020,” 12/18/2020 Badass Womxn was envisioned, planned, and created by IAS Professor Julie Shayne and her students, with student lead Nicole Carter and librarians Penelope Wood and Denise Hattwig. Want to know more?Project information about…

Open WPHP Archive Materials Now Available via JSTOR’s Independent Voices

The open access Washington Prison History Project (WPHP) has contributed to a new JSTOR/Reveal Digital collection, Independent Voices. WPHP materials are now available through the American Prison Newspapers portal.  From the announcement:   JSTOR has officially launched the American Prison Newspaper (APN) collection with the first six titles. APN is on the JSTOR platform, where our inaugural collection, Independent Voices, also now resides.   “Inmates hoped that as a voiceless group of people their complaints, their humanity, their dreams could reach the outside world. Prison newspapers did that. The great value of digitizing these newspapers and making its history open is there…

International Open Access Week 2020, October 19-25

This week libraries around the world are celebrating International Open Access Week (October 19-25). This year’s theme is Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion, which highlights the importance of centering equity and inclusion in open publishing, scholarship, and pedagogy.   The Library invites you to engage with Open Access this week by: Reviewing the UW Faculty Open Access Policy Adding one of your articles or datasets to the UW’s Open Access repository, ResearchWorks Exploring the International Open Access Week website to learn more about equity and inclusion and OA, or checking out how libraries and publishers…

How WordPress Templates Can Transform Your Online Teaching This Fall!

Calling all instructors! Are you looking for opportunities to teach digital and public scholarship skills in your classroom? Are you looking for alternatives to the traditional research paper? We’ve got you covered with WordPress site templates! WordPress templates are simple to set up and can be as easy to use as filling out a simple form. Templates (with examples from other institutions) include: Tru Collector, which collects student images and descriptions through a form submission and compiles them into a WordPress site. See Animal Body Plans and Online Ecosystem Maps as examples. Tru Writer, which collects short student essays through…