Kevin Collins, Aleph Systems Librarian, and Allie Verbovetskaya, Web & Mobile Systems Librarian, both with the CUNY Office of Library Services, gave presentations at the Ex Libris User Conference and Technical Seminar in the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford in September. The conference addresses the interests of more than 350 institutions around the world using Ex Libris products.
CUNY’s Office of Library Services is sponsoring an online workshop on November 3-16, 2014 to provide an overview of Open Education Resources (OER) for CUNY faculty looking interested in integrating OERs into their classes. Registration is now closed. Please stay tuned for the date of the next session in winter.
Open Educational Resources (OERS) are freely available teaching and learning materials that have emerged as a response to rising textbook prices. Here is our list of OER and OER initiatives that you might like to know about.
Unequal access to high quality education is contributing to growing racial and economic disparities in academic achievement and preventing students from advancing in the world. Students must spend approximately $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies, which amounts to 14% of tuition for students in public four-year colleges, and 39% for students in two-year colleges, according to the College Board. The City University of New York’s estimates are in line with these figures, with expected textbook expenditures of about 20% of tuition at baccalaureate colleges and 27% of tuition at community colleges.
As part of Archives Week in New York City, William Casari will be speaking next Tuesday, October 7th, at the New York City Department of Records. Professor Casari is archivist and librarian at Hostos Community College. The title of his presentation is “Hostos Community College: Its Unique History and Place in the South Bronx Community Since 1968.”
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“Everything has that new car smell,” said Chief Librarian David Orenstein. “We are so happy to be back at what can be called a brand new library. This is not a mere renovation; it’s a re-imagination.” This re-imagination of space not only allows faculty and students greater opportunity to use a modern academic library to its fullest potential, but it also allows the Library’s team to enhance current services and advance new ones.
The $25,000 award will enable LaGuardia Community College’s Library Media Resource Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning to develop an online cross-disciplinary guide that shows faculty how they can incorporate research and information literacy skill building into their coursework and class assignments. The guide will be an open web resource and made accessible to faculty nationally. Information literacy standards regarding information use and retrieval developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries will be used to guide curricular development.
The University is again making funds available to our libraries to help defray the cost of textbooks and other course related materials for students. Student Textbook Initiative funds should be used specifically to support currently enrolled students in their coursework, and are not to be considered as substitute funding for the libraries. Indicated below are guidelines for how the funds should be spent. Please contact University Dean Curtis Kendrick if you have questions about these guidelines.
NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition examines key trends that are likely to enter mainstream use in academic and research libraries within the next five years. One of the fastest growing trends will be an increasing focus on research data management for publications. Enhanced formats and workflows in electronic publishing have enabled experiments and simulation data to be represented by audio, video, and visualizations. These advancements are ultimately leading to more accurate subject search results and citations, and enabling libraries to more effectively curate and display relevant resources for patrons.