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Episode 212: Open Access

Open Access PLoSThis is Open Access week, and we are celebrating with a podcast! (Check out our full information page here!)

This is a topic with a lot of passion involved, and lots of big feelings on all sides of the discussion. Today we are just going to walk through some of the basics of how OA works and what it means; and talk with Susan Schleper, from Centra Care Health hospital library in St. Cloud, about one aspect of using it in a library setting in her institutional repository.

As so often happens on this podcast, we are just introducing you to a big topic – and we want you to get comfortable with the basics and then be able to move on to a larger look that may work for your organization and professional interests.

So, as always, we have a lot of material on the podcast page to help you keep building up your knowledge. And of course, we are always available to come to your library to help you, to talk with you, and to help you set up policies and procedures and training for yourself, your colleagues, and your organization!

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It’s Open Access Week!

Welcome to the 10th Annual Open Access Week! What is Open Access (or OA) you may wonder? According to Open Access Week.org, the term means “the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need.” Open Access is important because it “has the power to accelerate scientific advancements and spur job growth in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to energy to agriculture.”

From Oct. 23rd to Oct. 29th, celebrate this year’s theme of “Open in Order to…” which is “meant to move the discussion beyond talking about openness itself and instead focus on what openness enables—in an individual discipline, at a particular institution, or in a specific context; then to take action to realize these benefits. The theme also recognizes the diverse contexts and communities within which the shift to Open Access is occurring and encourages specific discussion that will be most effective locally.”

Check out this link to OA events held all around the world this week. Keep your eyes open this week for extra resources regarding OA, including CMLE’s podcast on the subject, featuring Guest Host Susan Schleper! Tune in to Linking Our Libraries on Thursday to hear the discussion.



Announcement: Open Repositories 2018 – Bozeman, Montana, USA

Sign on southwest side of campus - Montana State University - Bozeman, Montana - 2013-07-09

Mary’s note: If you have not been to this area yet, I can tell you that it is absolutely beautiful! Bozeman itself is great, and has a wonderful public library; and the National Parks nearby are some of the most amazing places I have ever seen. If you are interested in this topic, consider attending. We have some scholarship money available to help defray costs!

Press Release:

“Bozeman, MT — Montana State University is pleased to announce the 13th annual Open Repositories conference June 4-7th, 2018 in Bozeman, Montana.

We are excited to host Open Repositories 2018 in this beautiful place. We encourage you to discover more about BozemanMontana State University, the state of MontanaGlacier National Park, and Yellowstone National Park as we plan for the conference.

Montana State University is a world-class research university tucked into a small mountain town just North of Yellowstone National Park. Home to both the rugged outdoors and exciting cultural activities downtown, Bozeman has something for everyone. The university is a mid-sized doctoral granting institution with a rich research enterprise, and the library is dedicated to repository innovation. OR2018 on the campus of Montana State University will be an invigorating educational meeting in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.

The annual Open Repositories Conference brings together users and developers of open digital repository platforms from higher education, government, galleries, libraries, archives and museums. The Conference provides an interactive forum for delegates from around the world to come together and explore the global challenges and opportunities facing libraries and the broader scholarly information landscape.


Holly Mercer

Associate Dean for Research, Collections, & Scholarly Communication and Professor

Director, Newfound Press

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

UT Libraries

611 John C. Hodges Library

1015 Volunteer Blvd.

Knoxville, TN 37996-0000


Free Is Good: Open educational resources are free digital materials

Open Access PLoS

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

Have you met CORA yet?


“Loyola Marymount University is pleased to announce the launch of CORA, the Community of Online Research Assignments. Pay a visit to CORA here: http://www.projectcora.org/ .

CORA is on online, open access repository of research and information literacy assignments. All assignments contributed to
the collection are released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by other educators, allowing the assignments to be enhanced by user feedback.

Assignments are searchable by discipline, information literacy concept, ability level, or keyword. There is also a “Teaching Toolkit” section with the following resource types: Pedagogy/Learning Theory, Assessment, Blog, Classroom Activity, Technology Tip, Subject Guide/Research Guide, Citation Tool, Info Lit Tutorial, and Syllabus. The development of CORA was funded by a SCELC Project Initiatives Fund grant. We welcome your contributions to this virtual community of practice! We especially welcome assignments related to source evaluation and fake news.

Susan Gardner Archambault, Head of Reference & Instruction | William H. Hannon Library | Loyola Marymount University |