Open Education Week is Now! March 10-15

March 12, 2014

We’re right in the middle of it!  Are you on board?

What is open education and why is it important?  “Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that allow everyone to reuse and modify educational resources.”  Read more.

Open Education Week raises awareness about Open Education and its impact on teaching and learning.



Do You Use Open Access Textbooks?

February 8, 2012

Several instructors at SCC have adopted freely available Internet textbooks that help students afford school.  Do you use open access textbooks or other classroom materials for your courses?  Does your department advocate for their use?  Add a comment with your name, course and the URL of your course material and we will compile a starter list of open access resources used at SCC.  Speak up if you would like to help expand this list @ SCC and in the district.
It’s in the air!

 Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science  Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science  Open Access logo, originally designed by Public Library of Science

 I hope your favorites are missing from these examples so you will add to the list:

Books and textbooks


Textbook Tales

August 26, 2011

Welcome Back!

The big news in the library is not so new: Students need textbooks. Is your textbook on reserve?  If not, can you donate a copy to the reserve collection?

Are we imagining it or are more faculty choosing textbooks that cost less?  And is there a trend toward adopting open access textbooks and materials?  What are you doing to save your students’ cash?Open Access Textbooks

Happy Open Access Day! (What’s Open Access?)

October 13, 2008
Open Access Day banner

October 14, 2008 will go down in history as the first annual Open Access Day. Which might prompt a few questions: namely, what is open access, and why should we care?

Groups of scholars and librarians developed open access (OA) publishing as an alternative to the conventional model of academic publishing. In the traditional system, scholars submit their work to academic journals, who then assume copyright ownership, publish the work, and sell or lease the content to libraries and other entities–often for enormous sums of money.  OA content, by contrast, is freely available over the World Wide Web, and costs no more to read than this blog.

OA publishing is still a marginal enterprise, but it has increased in volume and prestige in the last few years. Peer-reviewed OA journals published by the Public Library of Science have earned an international reputation; Harvard University adopted a policy encouraging their faculty to make their scholarship freely available; and the National Institutes of Health now require anyone accepting one of their grants to submit any resulting article to its freely accessible full-text database, PubMed Central (a policy that is currently under attack in Congress).  Community colleges are getting in on the action by promoting OA textbooks.

Interested? Check out some videos celebrating open access, or

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