From Edutopia, By Bethany Rayl
Open educational resources (OER) are found in the public domain and can be used for free for teaching, learning, research, and other educational purposes. These materials can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. These “5R permissions” of OER allow you to not only access the materials and resources free of charge, but also to make them even better. Sounds good, right? But what’s really out there, and why should you use these resources?
There are several examples of OER available, including image and audio resources, books in the public domain, video and audio lectures, interactive simulations, game-based learning programs, lesson plans, textbooks, online course curricula, professional learning programs, and online learning platforms. Continue reading Free Is Good: Open educational resources are free digital materials
From researcher Noah Lenstra:
“Thank you for earlier this year completing the survey on Movement-Based Programs in Public Libraries, or for expressing interest in this project.
I am emailing to invite you to participate in a free, one hour webinar open to all on June 7, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, during which the preliminary results from this survey will be shared. Please share this announcement widely. All are welcome to participate.”
Follow this link to register for the webinar:
Register for the webinar
Event: Webinar on Let’s Move in Libraries: Movement-Based Programs in Public Libraries Continue reading Invitation to free webinar on movement-based programs in public libraries
The San Jose State University School of Information excitedly announces the Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference. There will be three topic-specific conferences held throughout the year, with each three-hour event featuring an opening and closing keynote session and crowd-sourced presentations. Registration is free.
The first date is set for March 29, 2017, and will cover expertise, competencies and careers. The other two web conferences will be held in June and October and cover the topics of digital literacy and makerspaces.
Continue reading Library 2.017 Web Conference with ALA on Expertise, Competencies and Careers
We are in the middle of that wonderful season in Minnesota that is springtime! Excited to get outside and begin your next garden or yard project? If you need a little extra help, consider checking out the eBooks MN collection for gardening books.(Not sure what I am talking about? Get caught up with our earlier CMLE posts on eBooks MN).
They have a variety of gardening books, for everyone from the beginner planning their first garden to the experienced gardener. They feature topics like miniature, container, and edible gardening.
This article recommends starting with the Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started by Katie Elzer-Peters. The book features helpful color images as well as illustrated tools, tips, and tricks to help you in your next gardening venture!
Image credit: http://tinyurl.com/mcpp3y2, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
For those hard-core catalogers and metadata librarians, Karen Coyle has done you a favor. First she wrote a great book on FRBR called FRBR: Before and After. The book gives a great introduction to FRBR explaining, among other things, what a Work, Expression, Manifestation, and Item all are in simple, easy to understand text. Second, she released it under the CC-BY license. Basically this means its free! Read the whole book now.
On her site, she explains why she did it:
“As promised, as of January 2016 the full contents of book available for Open Access with a CC-BY license. If you (or your library) can afford the hard copy I encourage you to purchase it. I earn $0 from sales, but ALA Editions generously allowed me to exchange potential royalties (which would have been quite small) for the privilege and advantage of having a professional publisher. This book would not have happened without their effort, and I greatly appreciate their willingness to make this exchange that is, in my opinion, a win-win-win (for me, for ALA Editions, and for readers).”
We hope this, along with other authors, increases the amount of books and articles under the Open Access umbrella. Well done!