Open Hosting Digital Scholarship Platforms are Here to Stay

The UW Libraries has been piloting open hosting platforms over the past few years and we are pleased to announce that Manifold Publishing (digital book publishing), Digital Scholarship Hosting (Omeka, WordPress, Scalar, and more) and UW Pressbooks (for creating and adapting Open Educational Resources) are now part of the UW Libraries’ permanent service offerings! The UW Bothell Library looks forward to supporting you in creating knowledge and sharing it openly through digital means with these platforms. Please read on to see sample projects created over the past two years through our pilot and to learn more about getting started with these platforms! Explore  How can YOU…

Accessibility Plugins for WordPress

One of the first steps we recommend as you set up your WordPress site is to install an accessibility plugin. Accessibility plugins add a menu of options for users of your site to customize how they interact with content. An accessibility plugin can easily change font size, disable animations, or indicate links in a particular way, for example. Accessibility plugins are crucial for making a site welcoming and easy-to-use for everyone interested, and for increasing the reach and impact of your site content.  This DS@UWB site uses the AccessibleWP Toolbar plugin. Try it out! Click on the accessibility icon in…

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…

Pressbooks: Updates and Training Opportunities Fall 2020

The UW Libraries has some updates to share about UW Libraries Pressbooks, an easy-to-use ebook authoring tool that can be used to write and publish openly licensed books (and save students money).  Check out the new featured titles in our Pressbooks catalog, including: Persistence is Resistance: Celebrating 50 Years of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, by UW Bothell Professor Julie Shayne and faculty and student contributors from 22 institutions. Read more about this work in Ms. Magazine. Critical Filipinx American Histories and their Artifacts, a collaboration between UW Seattle Professor Rick Bonus and students in his UW AAS 360 2019…